In preparations for the upcoming Lent 2017 season, I find myself wondering what I should fast in these upcoming 40 days, and 40 nights.
During previous lenten seasons, I have given up rice (huge deal to Filipinos), escalators, secular music, cursing, eating out, and spending money on clothes. And in all of these sacrifices a specific reason that dedicates to the three crucial pillars of the season: almsgiving, fasting and prayer.
2017 for me has developed some great movement. Whether it is in my job, relationships, or hobbies, I feel that there’s a great upward and forward motion. I have grown a deeper appreciation for what has come and is coming my way. But I know this wouldn’t be possible if not for my faith.
I believe that this season opens up an opportunity for me to reflect and to focus on what is essential. For “fasting should ‘exercise the heart’ in order to recognize what is absolutely essential,” said Pope Francis back in 2014.
And this reminded me of one of my favorite quotes:
“It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
– The Little Prince
And so, I’m taking this quote to lead me into what I need to focus on this year and it really connects to my 2017 theme to Choose Courage. During this lent season, I would be giving up/limiting the use of my social media accounts (specifically Snapchat, Instagram & Facebook – because I already deleted my Twitter).
With social media, developing friendships and knowing what your family and friends are up-to comes easy. But maybe too easy. And just because it’s easy, doesn’t mean that it’s essential to do. There’s so much focus on what is “insta-worthy,” or what Snap filter I should use, or whether or not we have a snap-streak or who liked what post… the list goes on.
As I decrease my use of social platforms, I will take the time to reflect and write more on my blog and grow in the arts of photography/videography. I hope to utilize the time to create more meaningful content when I do post (only on the non-obligatory Sundays). I’ll pick up a couple of books. I’ll probably reach out to people more through calls and texts, and hang out with them. During my travels, I’ll definitely focus more on my experiences and making sure I capture the moments solely with my camera (which I updated to the new Sony a6300).
There are also other things that I will fast that will tie into my almsgiving & prayer; all in hopes to share kindness and love to others.
I hope that everyone has a fruitful Lent season!
I want to give a shoutout to Halima, because your blog post (http://www.halimadodo.com/blog/2017/2/13/im-back-and-im-better) really inspired me to go forth with this. 🙂