The progress I’ve made on my Cross Prayer Shawl is a very tangible expression of how my Lent has been going so far. I am giving up Facebook for Lent as well as limiting computer time every day. My focus is on the present moment, to be attentive to the tangible and to love through the task ahead of me, no matter how I feel or what I’d rather be doing.
Has it been a perfect Lent? Of course not! Far from it, really. But it has been slow and steady (kind of like my weight loss.) And it has been blessed.
With this shawl, I can see that I am being more present and attentive to REAL things in my life—like yarn, like laundry, like real pages of a book, like the warm soapy water that I put the dirty dishes into—versus the intangible of a computer screen or social media interactions.
I have been bringing the shawl with me to work on, while I wait in the carpool line. I take it out when I’m unwinding at the end of the day. One row here, one row there. I am making progress. And every stitch, every row is time NOT on the computer! Yeah!!
As for books, I am near the end of The Fisherman’s Wife
, and I have mixed feelings about what I think of it. I look forward to putting my thoughts together for a review soon. I also am just beginning our Lenten selection for my Well-Read Mom
book club. It is The Long Loneliness
by Dorothy Day, and I hope it will be a good one for the last week or two of Lent. So much for Finding True Happiness
, the book I originally set out to read this Lent! I guess it will have to be my Easter read!
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