Again today I was looking through some of my old journals and discovered, to my surprise, quite a few pages of haiku that I had written eight years ago. I had forgotten about them, so it was interesting to find them again. The following is one I think is quite appropriate for the time of Lent:
Again this evening I was going through some of my old journals and realised that I forgot that yesterday was the sixth anniversary of when I became a vegetarian. I just could not see any reason for ever going back to meat eating again. It is who I am now. It’s quite easy being a vegetarian really, once you get used to it.
It’s interesting reading things that I wrote a few years ago – some of the things that seemed so important at the time, just seem so trivial now, but I guess that’s how life goes sometimes. There was one quote from The Sacred Way by Tony Jones that I wrote down more than once, so I guess it had impact on me. It’s from page 19 of that book and, in reality, it is true:
I was going through some of my old journals this evening and came across the following little haiku that I wrote one day during Lent last year when I was reflecting on Psalm 63:
Whilst waiting in the dentist for my appointment today I took the opportunity to read a few pages of The Pocket Thomas Merton. It’s a handy little book I keep in my pocket and has quotes and passages from Merton’s writings. The following quote, from his New Seeds of Contemplation, was one that I thought was rather appropriate for Lent and gives good food for thought:
It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God’s will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you – try to share some of their poverty and see if you accept it as God’s will yourself!
Our theme in church this morning was temptation, so I shared the following short story:
A young boy was in a grocery store eyeing up some juicy apples. The owner of the store spotted him and figured he was up to no good. So he approached him and asked: “What are you up to?”
“Me, sir? Nothing,” came the reply.
“Nothing?” asked the owner. “I think you were trying to take one of those apples”
To which the boy replied, “No, you’ve got it wrong, mister. I’m trying not to take one of those apples.”
I seem to be drinking lots more tea these days!