I never "got" Mardi Gras.
Well, I mean, I got the point of it - to enjoy all of those things you would be giving up for 40 days during Lent on the final day before Lent begins.
But to me, anyway, it always seemed quite silly.
Isn't the point of Lent to remind us that sacrifices, no matter how small, can help pave our way to holiness and ultimately heaven? Isn't the time of abstinence and reflection meant to serve as a vehicle to a deeper relationship with God? And shouldn't we be using that time during Lent as an example for how we should be striving to live every day of the year?
Therefore, doesn't overindulging in all types of activities and behaviors that defeat the purpose of a faith-filled life hinder all of those beautiful lessons found within Lent? Of course I'm not advocating that we should always live in the sacrifice and never in the celebration... but the celebration seems better fitting for the Resurrection than the pre-fasting. To me, anyway.
So, this Mardi Gras, I am spending in introspection. I will use this day to prepare for the journey ahead, which promises to be long and difficult. I will make all of my mental notes on how to best offer any inconvenience, frustration, annoyance, fear, or anxiety for JellyBelly and eventually for the Blogger for the Month of March. I will focus on the task at hand, rather than avoid it until it's upon me.
And I will be seeking out spiritual direction. This is something I have wanted to pursue for quite some time, but life always got in the way. No longer. I am so excited to embark on this journey... bring it on, Lent!