With so much to be grateful for, how is it that sometimes I/me/we struggle to find things to be grateful for? You know, the type of heartfelt thanks that goes beyond the “thank you for the food I’m eating, the roof over my head, the clothes on my back” type thing. We get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life – school, work, marriage, kids, a messy house, a traveling spouse, a big move, what have you – the challenges of the day seem to always get the better of us. Then, often times life happens. A huge change, something tragic, horrifying, “how could God let this happen” type thing…
So this year, I stumbled across the hashtag, “ashtag” (say that 10x fast). Where you take a selfie of you and your ashes after attending Ash Wednesday Mass or Prayer Service and post it to social media. My first thought was hey that’s cool! What a fun way to kick off the season of Lent with my fellow Catholics, or other denominations that celebrate the practice/season of Lent. I saw a post by Leah Darrow – “fASHion advice: Dirt is the new black this season” with an image that said, “Be fASHionable this Wednesday, go to Mass.” Cute play on words, no?