Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Super Tuesday or Fat Tuesday?

Today is Super Tuesday, the day 22 states hold presidential primaries. This year, today is also Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, the last day before the start of Lent. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, day 1 of the Lenten Season.

Lent is a time of reflection. Usually, those who celebrate Lent will give something up for the 40 days. I prefer to think of it as either giving something up or adding something to your life that will enhance your spiritual life. That could be adding regular exercise, which can be a time for reflection. Or giving up a habit (smoking, biting your fingernails) that interferes with the full celebration of a healthy life.

I haven't yet decided what I will add or give up for Lent. I don't always figure it out before the season begins, but it's the spirit, the intention, not the exactness that really matters.

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