Happy Ash Wednesday! Is it appropriate to say "Happy" in front of that? Aren't we supposed to be in mourning, wearing sackclothes and agonizing over our shortcomings? In my opinion, no. During Lent, we should look inward, honestly assessing our relationship with God. How's it going? Do you HAVE one? If not, perhaps it's something you might want to change. I'm not sure it's possible to ever have too close of a relationship, at least, not here on earth.
To me, Ash Wednesday, the day we have ashes put on our foreheads in the sign of a cross, is like a new beginning. It's shaking off the old ways and beginning again. It's the New Year's resolution I didn't make in January. I've recognized my shortcomings and vow to work on them. In my case, I need to refocus my energy on something I've neglected.
Traditionally, and still for many, perhaps Lent is sad. But while I've seen my faults, I'm optimistic that they'll be improved - that together, with God's help, I'll overcome my failings. How can I be sad about that? Lent is a time of inward reflection and also an outward public atonement. Perhaps you'll do things you should have done, or not do things you shouldn't do. Whatever you do, keep God in mind or it's pointless.