The homily for Ash Wednesday’s service revolved around the beginning of Lent and how Catholics should approach the next 40 days. Like many others, up until that moment, I was pondering what to “give up” for Lent. Granted, I would’ve learned to be more appreciative of whatever I gave up come end of Lent. However, Fr. Jim had another plan for me. He said perhaps instead of taking the easy road and giving up something like sweets, give up something that really could have a more profound effect like one of the 7 sins: greed, lust, gluttony, envy (to name a few). As I drove the short 3 minute stretch from the church to where I park for work, I thought about his homily. The sin that seemed to strike a chord with me the most is envy. Too often I will find myself wishing I had more in my life-this could be material things or even a relationship. Lent is a perfect time for me to step back and simply be grateful for what I do have instead of wasting any time on what I wish I had. No good comes from being envious of other people, relationships, etc… Why not count myself lucky for having people around me who can set an example for me? I would much rather focus on the good. Life’s too short for anything else. I have been so fortunate to be blessed with not only a great family but wonderfully genuine friends and co-workers. They make coming to work not only fun but make me feel like I can get through the day because of them. I have faith that everything will work out….one day, I will no longer get that funny little feeling of jealousy or envy when it comes to relationships. My time will come and even if it doesn’t, I won’t let envy blind my ability to embrace any opportunities that come along.
I was reminded this week that just when we think we’ve gotten past the big hurdle, the battle begins again. We feel defeated and frustrated…like we’re not making any headway or progress. While easier said than done, we need to trust ourselves by holding our head high and keep forging ahead. There will be people who will try to create roadblocks for us but we must persevere.