Those who’ve read my blog already know that I’m a member of the Baha’i Faith. We Baha’is have a “thing” we do each year called “the Fast”. It’s a period of 19 days just before the vernal equinox when we abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset each day. I’ve been doing this for 44 years now.
This past week at my office, a friend named Lee remarked “19 days! man, that’s a long time!” Knowing that Lee was Catholic I asked him “Lee, how long is Lent?” He pondered just a second and said “40 days I guess” I grinned and replied “Well, there you go! I’m getting away for HALF PRICE!” We shared a good laugh.
A good laugh is nourishment applied directly to the heart. And some folks don’t even realize how hungry they are for it, until they exercise some abstinence from temporal things like food, smoking, or other habits that permeate our typical daily routines. Breaking those routines can turn our thoughts inward for reflection on what is truly important in our life; like Laughter, or Music, for example.
Years ago, a Baha’i friend pointed out that the 10th day of our Fast was its mid-point, the Half-way mark and that we might celebrate it with a party. Capital Idea! Since then, Deb and I have hosted a tenth-day Pot-Luck (at sundown) we call our Half-Fast Party. Back in 2011 I wrote this comical song, “Fastin’ Time” that gives Baha’is a chuckle. Every year at this time, its YouTube views climb dramatically.
Our Faith should, among other things, be a source of joy as it provides awareness of the aspects of life for which we can be grateful. Thank You Lord for Laughter, and Music, AND SUNDOWN!