How to ReLent
Apr 10 2015
I wrote to you a few days ago about ReLent, which, OBVIOUSLY, means “to Lent again,” or, in other words, is Lent for those of us who missed it the first time.
Lent for procrastinators.
Lent for the wildly busy.
Lent for the forgetful.
Lent for the chronically behind.
ReLent: It’s like Lent, but with grace for imperfection.
Lent for People Who Need Second Chances.
Sometimes I wish you could spend time in my brain so you could see how substantially you impact me, how much you change me, the ways you encourage me, and why I insist you’re my real life friends even if we’ve never met in the flesh. After all, we’ve met heart-to-heart, and that’s more important anyway. Of course, there are other times I think about Clark, my right armpit skin tag, and then I’m glad you don’t have to spend time in my brain. Really; it’s mostly a win for you.
Still I’ve spent time this week thinking about ReLent after reading your comments and emails, and I have a few things to say to us, heart-to-heart. Friend to friend.
In that original missive about ReLent, I suggested a path forward, in three steps.
1. We will take the next 23 days — until the end of April — to celebrate ReLent. Yes, I know Lent is 40 days, but that is LENT. This is RELENT for the wildly busy, and we are not going to string this out. THIS IS OUR GIFT TO US. Twenty-three days. Can we build it? YES, WE CAN.
2. We shall answer three critical questions:
- What is actually relevant to you and what drives you?
- What entangles you or distracts you from what’s relevant?
- What is one entanglement you will release — for 23 days?
3. We will work in concert with Love to refill our souls. I mean – we will really LISTEN to Love loving us, and we will be open to receiving that.
But some of you got stuck on Step 2.
Which DUH — I should’ve known. Because I forgot to mention that Step 2 is practically impossible and is more a set of questions for, oh, say, A LIFETIME.
MamaJedi wrote, “What drives me? EVERYTHING! Everything either drives me crazy or drives me to distraction. I have gotten so lost in this that I have no idea what inspires (breathes life) into me.”
And, man, do I hear that to my toes.
There have been times in my life when I was so busy sinking — so desperately trying to stay afloat — that questions like “what is actually relevant to you and what drives you” would have been wholly laughable. My answers would have been “YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, MAN” or “BREATHING. BREATHING IS RELEVANT TO ME, BUT I DON’T GET TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I AM DROWNING, SO STOP IT WITH YOUR EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS, LADY.”
Those would’ve been my answers.
And I would have been right to give them.
So I want to make a suggestion for those of you who tripped over Step 2. A stumbling block if I ever saw one.
I mean, just shove it aside if it doesn’t work for you.
Step 3 is the important step anyway. I mean, Step 2 is good. And I do think those questions are critical — you know, eventually. Someday.
But Step 3?
Step 3 is Where It’s At.
Step 3 is Gold.
Because Step 3 is where we learn to listen to Love loving us. Love, which is God’s other name, you know.
Step 3 is where we begin to imagine it’s possible to even be lovable.
Step 3 is the place we quiet the constant criticism of ourselves long enough to wait on the Still, Small Voice who whispers that we’re made in the very image of the Divine and that Love and Light long to embrace us.
Step 3 is where the deepest truths I know — that we are not alone in the dark; that dawn is coming and is, in fact, already on its way; that we are, all of us, created to be worthy and treasured — stand a chance of being heard.
So if you have to abandon Step 2 in order to ReLent with us, please do, friends.
Kick Step 2 to the curb.
Do things out of order.
Break the rules.
But don’t let go of Step 3, friends.
This is how to ReLent: Work in concert with Love. Let Love refill your soul.
Love’s waiting. I swear it. Love is, in fact, already here.
I’m sending you love tonight, too, friends. And waving in the dark.