beachlass: girl with a hoop shaped as a labyrinth (labyrinth hoop)
Eshala asked me the other night what I was giving up for Lent. "Things certain to annoy me" I replied. She protested that it didn't count, that I was giving myself something, rather than denying. Yes, but...

I've been mindful of it for the last couple of days. I've avoided links that I thought would be just annoying, or found myself reading something and realized - maybe I should have skipped this, if I'm fasting from intentionally annoying myself. 

It's not quite the same as avoiding frustration (I tried to sync my ereader yesterday, and ended up updating and reinstalling the software on it) - or refusing to confront news that is enraging or heartbreaking in its injustice. 

Why would I be intentional irritating myself anyway? What's the attraction to it - not the challenge of feeling out my edge in yoga practice, or enduring the rounds of boys playing Call of Duty in the living room.  I'm reminded of some of the elders I visit in nursing homes, who nurse resentment and ascribe ill motivation to ordinary change or interaction.

So.

I'm giving up annoyance for Lent. As best I can. 

I'm sure if we end up with an election call before Easter I'll get lots of practice. 

 
beachlass: motorbike, girl wading in water (bike)
It might be that you find yourself in the desert
earlier than you thought;
Don't panic.
Don't be blinded by the sandstorms.
Start digging until you find some water.

It might be that you ought to wait by the well
longer than you wanted
and that you ought to find it.
Don't lose courage, don't be deceived
by a mirage,
Continue to search for the well;
continue to dig deeper.

The desert also has a well.
The desert also has water.
The desert also has life.
And when you have found the first drop of water,
you will find soon a small creek
then a river,
and the desert will be forgotten.
But do not forget to give thanks
to the one who showed you the track
who helped you find water,
who gave you living water
so that you could drink
so that you could live
and not thirst anymore.

It could be that the path leading to the well
must go through the desert.
It could be that the desert often makes you sad.
Don't forget, it hides the well.
It leads to the promised land.
Only the desert enables you to reach happiness.
The paths of the desert are also the companions of God.

Water here, Water there - Ecumenical Community Working on Church and the Environment 

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