Today is the first day of Lent. I do not usually observe this season in any external manner. For me it is a time of inward reflection. There is something beneficial about taking a period of time to slow down, to hesitate, in our worldly routine to take an inward glance at ourselves. Some cultures and faith traditions do this in the Autumn, some in the Spring.
It is befitting, I think, that Lent comes when it does, usually just before the Spring equinox, where winter takes one last inhalation, hesitates, and exhales itself into Spring. Those who observe Lent take a similar deliberate inhalation before breathing into a season of renewal.
ljgloyd (c) 2017