It seems a bit odd, sharing this so far through Lent. Also, its not something I mention ‘in real life’ a lot. The sad events in London this week made me reflect and I decided to share what I’m doing. A lot of people give something up for Lent. I used to try, but I was hopeless at it and all it did was make me miserable (and hanker after whatever I’d given up!) The whole point is to reflect on Jesus’ suffering, which obviously it did. But it had no benefit, for example giving up chocolate didn’t mean I avoided all unhealthy foods.
Then, three years ago I discovered the site 40 Acts. It is designed to do Lent in a different way, by setting a challenge to do each day (except Sundays), throughout Lent. The first year I stopped half way through as my daughter was born just after Mother’s Day that year and I was a little tied up. Since then, though, I have joined in every year. The acts are varied and have different levels of challenge, which means you can choose how you achieve them. For example, the act might be as simple as praying for someone, or finding out more about a cause and thinking about how you can help. I don’t always manage a big thing every day, but it has made me more mindful of how I can do good, even in the tiniest of ways.
I can highly recommend looking at the 40 Acts site. Whether you are religious or not, I believe we can all do something good every day. You might even be doing it already! We can’t always undo or stop the bad things in this world, but we can make it a more positive place and make the good outnumber the bad.
Just think about what happened in London-1 bad person (and horrific events which will leave scars on many people’s lives), but an awful lot of heroes and heroines. Too many to name, but the people who came to the rescue of those who could be helped, and those who tried to save the dying spring to mind immediately. We can reflect that in our own lives. Think how nice it feels to do something small like making someone else at work a cuppa, or offering to help someone. It only takes a second, but it’ll brighten their day and pass the positivity on. Think of a stone landing in a pond sending ripples outwards, let’s make them good ones!
If you’re not feeling positive and cheerful already, here’s a little photo of a bright spring daffodil to help you on your way.