I feel like I don’t have a lot of capacity in my life right now to give up or take up too much for Lent this year. So, I am simply going to note things here that I observe throughout my regular days.
It may be daily, it may not. I won’t know until I begin what is most helpful and reflective. But the idea came as I was sitting in the back of a car this afternoon, driving along the M9 from Stirling back to Edinburgh. I observed some very simple things, but most of all I observed this:
A road I have driven so many times before felt so very different.
The M9 is a road I have driven many a time to get me to and from Iona. I have driven it for other holidays, for day trips, for shopping trips, just for the sake of getting out of town. I have seen the beautiful countryside surrounding parts of it, I have seen the Kelpies, I have witnessed the ugly, smelly landfill site. But I have never seen it like I saw it today.
It was sunny – I have seen it in sunlight before. It was quiet – I have seen it quiet before. It was scattered with lorries – I have seen it scattered with lorries before. It was surrounded in parts by green hills shimmering – I have seen it with green hills shimmering before.
But I had never seen it at that exact moment. And, the reality is, I never will again.
Every experience is unique and that is something I hope to take forward throughout Lent as I observe other things in my daily life. Join me? Observe with me? Share your observations with me?