There are forty days in Lent because Sundays are not counted. I count each and every day so my count is 46. Why does this matter? It really doesn’t except that I like that thought of making each day count, of recognizing the value that is found in living each day.
Listen to the words of pop superstar and recording artist Madonna: “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” I don’t always plant a garden and I don’t think I have always had everything planted come up and flourish. The important thing is that I had tried and in the trying, learned. Every tomato plany may not have grown but I have.
Anais Nin is considered one of the twentieth century’s leading writers although she received quite a bit of criticism in her own time. I love her comments about growth and living. “What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.”
Confucius said it much more simply: “When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.” This is the key to having a good harvest of soul. Each day brings us a new chance to be a better version of ourselves. Lent is a time in which life is inspected and perhaps changes are made. Each morning is the genesis of a new day and the dawn of a new self. We each should let our spirits grow and flourish so as to reap the harvest of a life well-lived.