I have a massive caffeine withdrawal headache. I didn't think that I actually drank that much caffeine, but, wow, it is killing me. As you probably guess, this is what I have given up for Lent. Normally I look forward to Lent as a time of quiet and reflection. I see it as an opportunity to refocus on what really matters in life. I do feel *sacrificing* is an integral part of the process and I have done varies things through the years. This year, caffeine. I am tire of the hold it has on me (as evidenced by this headache!!) and want to feel healthier. To be the best, most compassionate me, I need to get my health in a better state.
This year, though, Lent has snuck up on me. Like a lot of the country, we have had a long, cold, bleak winter. I feel like I have been in a dark space and adding 40 more days of somberness just isn't appealing. I am ready for Easter and the brightness and happiness it brings. I need to find a way to make Lent a time of renewal and hope and break away from seeing it as purely deprivation. Hopefully pointed reflection will help me through this dark season. I wish you blessings on your journey and success in discovering what matters in your life.