Today is the Saturday before Palm Sunday.
Let’s be honest: I’ve had a blergh Lent. That’s right, blergh. Because blergh is the best… sound… to describe my Lenten practice this year.
I’m grateful for blergh, though. I craved Lent this year, and then I didn’t do anything with it. What lesson have I learned? My capacity for blergh. My continued need for God’s help.
With this in mind, I write my last post until the Easter season. And I’ll make them 7 Quick Takes.
My Seven Items, Ideas, or Tasks for Holy Week:
“It is great fun to chat about writing, books, writers, the writing life, style and character, plot and theme. But if you are a writer, you must stop thinking and stop talking and do the work of writing, because writing is the source of fun and power and the glory of creating a storytelling structure with your words.” – The Weekend Novelist
2: Potty Training.
What’s good about potty-training? Slowing down so as to notice my son. Really notice my son. Reading to him while he sits on the potty. Playing games and singing songs with him while he sits on the potty. Learning that I’m the adult and that going to the potty is not a matter of “do you want?” but “let’s go now!”
What’s rough? Accidents. Clean-up. My anxiety about his ruining the carpet or furniture. Fighting awful fatalistic self-criticism, such as, “I’m going to be that parent with whom he’s always going to have issues!”
3: Lenten Retreat.
4: Personal inventory and General Confession.
Let’s look at Rhonda’s yucky stuff!
Doing a personal inventory helps me understand and develop my characters. When I see my bright spots and flaws, my hidden intentions, agendas, wants, desires, and fears, I begin to see them in my characters.
But I don’t make a personal inventory for the sake of art. Or wannabe art. I make it for me. Because I’m worth it. Because there’s power in owning up to my weakness.
6: Spiritual Reading.
7: Signing off.
The computer always beckons me down the blogosphere rabbit hole. I love blogs (and I have a blog!), but I’m not always virtuous about my use of computer time. Holy Week? Time to unplug.
I’ll be checking email periodically. If I don’t hear from you, have a blessed week and a happy Easter!