Seasons and Rhythms: Lent

Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 CEVUK)


Leaders train to be at the top of their game every day. We must be productive on a continual basis, however, there is a natural rhythm to life.

There is a time to sow and a time to reap. There is a time to work, to rest, to play, and a time to reflect.

In the liturgical year, the season of Lent begins today. Lent is a time of reflection. We reflect on the passion of Christ. We set aside some things and practice other disciplines in order to be able to reflect on the sacred mysteries.

The normal rhythm of how things happen is interrupted for 40 days. By the way, these 40 days do not include Sundays. The interruption is interrupted.

Rather than just keeping on as usual, I have made a commitment to read the daily lectionary each day during Lent as my spiritual discipline. I also read a daily commentary by Henri Nouwen, which is tied to the liturgical year. This is my way of reframing and refocusing my life.

There’s no telling what I will learn about the world as I time out from the usual. I will learn about the sacred themes, about leadership, and about myself.

Breaking the rhythm for a season is good for my whole person.

It’s time to be quiet, to listen, and to observe. Profound inspiration comes through silence if one can observe what’s happening.

The season is special because it is set aside as special.

How do you care for yourself and feed all the parts of your being?


Hugh Ballou
The Transformational Leadership Strategist

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