I’ve reflected, I’ve gone inward. Finally, I figured out what to give up for Lent this year.
That’s right, dryer lint.
The photo reminds me a bit of my first time, Ash Wednesday 1999, as a soon-to-be Catholic. That’s what my ashes looked like to me. At least in my mind.
I joke. Of course, giving up dryer lint is no sacrifice. Who wants it? Maybe the birds in my yard. It makes a great nest.
A side note. I find it interesting to view the amount of lint produced by, say, a first washing of new towels. How about the different colors of lint? For example, one of the rolls of lint in this photo is clearly red. The other blue. You can tell a lot about your laundry by studying the lint.
Back to the Holy meaning of this story.
Have you committed to what you are giving up for the next 40 days? I know today is Ash Wednesday. Sometimes I like to work under pressure. There are evening masses. I think I’m going with Reality TV. While I don’t watch very much television, maybe seven hours per week on average. I think this will be more difficult than it may sound. There is a lot of Reality TV programming! Saying no will be like clearing the lint from my mind. In my opinion, (most of) those shows simply take up too much real estate in our brains.
My good friend Amy, owner of Freaky Perfect, also shared what she is giving up for Lent. She reflects a bit more deeply. Beyond dryer lint. By the way, did you know there are Facebook pages devoted to dryer lint? Now that’s devotion!