I was sitting in Starbucks chatting away with a colleague when, suddenly, around the corner came a gal with a huge black mark on her head. I literally took two double takes…I am embarrassed to admit.
Of all people, I should have known! I blog on it for heaven’s sake. But the smudge on her forehead was no longer in the shape of an Ash Wednesday cross, it was a horrible mess that looked like a very big personal problem. Thus my confusion. But back to our point…As you may know, today, Ash Wednesday, marks the first day of Lent. The season of fasting in preparation for Easter.
The idea, as proposed by the Catholic church, was to set aside a time where we turn our hearts toward the Lord and his sacrifice on the cross. If He could give up His life, we could at least share a bit in that gift of suffering, by acknowledging something we cherish and abstaining for a bit. To remind us of His ultimate gift to us: His life. To bring eternal life to ours.
Folks around the globe will give up sweets, chocolate, soft drinks, and more during this 40 day fasting period as we move toward Resurrection Day. I can assure you I probably will not give up coffee this season, or chocolate. But I do plan to set aside time to get my heart right, in shape if you will, as we move in the direction of Eastertide.
Do you think about or participate in Lent? If so, I’d love to hear from you. If you have fresh thoughts or any news twists to this tradition that you’d like to share? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Happy Fasting!
Happy fasting season!
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February 16th, 2014 by stephanie
If you’ve ever seen the movie Holiday Inn, with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, you will recall the pair put on shows at their rural Connecticut dinner theatre each holiday. While watching the movie awhile back, I was struck by the fact they did a separate show for Lincoln’s birthday and one for Washington.
One thing most folks may not remember is that, like The Holiday Inn, our nation’s citizens used to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday and George Washington’s separately and on different days. Not combined into one, as we do today. (i.e. Presidents Day is Monday, February 17th this year.)
Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th and Washington’s actual date of birth was the 22nd. Interestingly, in the 1950′s there was a President’s Day Committee (that came out of California) whose goal was to turn the day into a celebration of merely the office of the Presidency.
We went from celebrating President Lincoln’s Day and President Washington’s Day to simply, President’s Day. Then we went to Presidents (plural-in general) day. Clear as mud?
And there you have it. So, whether you’re off celebrating today, or if you’re at the workplace or office, you now have a bit of trivia behind all the Federal fuss. From what I hear, there are some great sales going on, too. But with the cold weather lately, I think I’ll hunker down, do a bit of remembering, and simply enjoy the day at home.
Just my thoughts. Yours?
I had the opportunity to write an article for the February issue of Mature Living magazine. It’s called The New Dating Game. I’m sure many of you have noticed lately the ads on TV that promote dating sites for people over 50?
Dating later in life is quite common and happening more than people realize these days. As with the Olympics that kicked off this week, with Valentine’s on our door steps, we might rightly say, “Let the games begin!” The season of romance is upon us. It’s Valentine’s Day…week.
So, Happy Valentines Day…almost. How will you be approaching this holiday of the heart in the coming days?
If there is a special lady in your life, may I suggest that you have something planned. Even if it’s a very low budget situation for you. If you can’t do the 5-Star restaurant this year, don’t worry. A nice cozy, inexpensive place will do to make your gal feel special. Women love to be taken to dinner. Just make sure it’s an environment where you can “chat”. Ask about her week, her life, her family. And try to touch on subjects that your “girl” would like to talk about. Or, talk with her what you did this week. Yes. What you did. She likes to know. And flowers? Even some of the grocery stores have some amazing, inexpensive bouquets. Whatever the case, do try to give her some posies.
I know this may be a tough one, however, try to be understanding and try not to be too demanding and expect too much. It just isn’t necessary and it doesn’t make love, well…love. Love is about who the two of you are when you’re together. A good match. Hopefully. So, let him be creative in his way and do as best he can and then have the grace to praise him for it.
ARE YOU SINGLE THIS WEEK?
No movie alone at home and a gallon of ice cream for you. Nope. You may feel that the cards are against you, but the odd statistics you may not know? Many of those in a relationship, their expectations will not be met and they will be disappointed. And, well, things just happen.
But for you dear savvy, single friend, this is your night to enjoy, and appreciate, those in your life that truly are there for you when the chips are down. Speaking of chips, grab a few of your favorite bags, some salsa perhaps or dip, and a couple of movies you’ve been wanting to see. Now, call those extra special friends over for some good ‘ol “friend” time.
Perhaps hitting that favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican place with your favorite pals is the perfect solution.
Whatever the case this year, here are my highly overrated tips for you:
1. Make plans now. They don’t have to be grand. Just make them.
2. Pick your absolute favorite person or pals.
3. Do something you really love to do and ask them, today, to join you.
Pretty simple. And with that, we should all have a very happy Valentine’s Day.
PS: Guys, Valentines Day is Friday.
Just my thoughts.