Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Romans 12.15
A Word of Hope
Lent is the Season of simplification, of giving up excess, and focusing on necessities. In a nation of so much privilege, it is a challenge to list what truly are our essentials. I recall a in the film series of Harry Potter, the boy wizard asks Dumbledore what is the most important thing in life. Dumbledore’s answer is “warm socks…”
I was reminded of this quote because last night as I lay in bed. The fluctuating Texas weather has once again turned rather chilly and I became very aware of the fact that I was wearing my favorite walk around socks. They are thick and woolen and keep my feet toasty warm without being too hot. The perfect combination!
Today I’m digging a little deeper with the question, what is it I really need vs. what is it I want. How do I achieve simplification? Dumbledore’s “Socks” is a simple answer that covers so many things such as cold feet, comfort, warmth, perhaps even a feeling of security. What an incredible combination addressing so many areas all at once. That is truly simplification at its best.
Now, what would your answer be? Take a moment and really ponder your needs vs. wants and then simplify without any Wizard movie suggestions from me. What is that special thing that covers so many needs or even wants?
Let’s also think about what part of us is essential to others. What is it about YOU that others need to experience? What is something of yourself you can share that might be the simplest thing to bring a few minutes of joy and comfort? It can be material or not, yet I’m able to think of one thing I can always give when I’m with another person. It is my silent presence. There’s so much unspoken value to presence and listening without distraction or interruption; simplification at its core. Just listening today could well make a friend feel even warmer than socks.
May today be filled with your listening presence among others.
Order of St. Francis and St. Clare