I had a thought on Mardi Gras day this year, and it was this: What if I spent the next forty days listening to God? Instead of the usual hung over promises of self denial, and abandonment of bad habits that I would pick right up again on Easter Sunday, what if I were to practice my obedience, my willingness to be close to the Holy in a radical way? There was no question that I believed in God, and often experienced the presence of God as a quiet voice at my center. However, I usually spent a lot of time ignoring my gut, and going along with what is popular or agreed upon. Could I surrender for forty days?
I have, and the results have been incredible. Most noticeably I am:
- Calmer. Once the queen of multitasking, I now often do one thing at a time, for hours at a time.
- Spending my time in ways that improve the quality of my life, or in service to my community.
- Thinking before I speak. Even more significantly, once I have thought something over, I actually voice that perspective to others.
- Paying very close attention to my life. That includes my relationships, my environment, and where I place my energies every day.
These are my stories.