Yesterday marked the beginning of Lent, a tradition which honors the 40 days Christ spent in the wilderness before his crucifixion. Traditionally, it is a time for fasting, repentance, denial or discipline. Although I was not reared Catholic and did not practice Lent growing up, I began doing so about 15 years ago. At first, it was just a good time to quit the occasional cigarette. Some years I’ve given up sugar or meat, honestly more out of a vain motivation than spiritual discipline. I’ve tried to give up worry or petty arguments. But this year, I want to focus more on a productivity, more on the discipline aspect.
I’ve been going through an awakening, an emotional/spiritual cleansing of sorts. Some elements are still too raw to be shared cohesively. Some may never be expressed in this public of a forum. But some are likely to come out in one form or another over the next 40 days. I am challenging myself to write daily. Whether for 15 minutes or an hour, I will write. Whether it is about the latest struggle or a celebratory bottle, I will write Whether the inspiration is “study” for my upcoming trip to the Willamette Valley, to process my questions, to share a funny or an inspirational story, I will write. Some will be on the blog, some I’ll spare you.
I took a break for a while, unsure of the point or whether there was an audience for which to write. In that time, I freed myself from the expectation piece which, in turn, has created the space to check my motivation. Audience or not, expectations or none, I write because I like to write.
So think of this as a preface, as an opening and a disclaimer of sorts for what you may read over the next 40 days. Yes, this a wine blog. But if you have read for any time, you know that I will throw in an occasional piece that has nothing to do with wine. I write them as a way of processing, a way to record my thoughts. They may or may not be for an audience, but you probably knew what you were getting in that way a long time ago. So, my apologies for any offenses. I’ll give you fair warning early on in the piece. And don’t worry. There will still be wine pieces. I have A LOT of research to do before heading out west this summer. Thanks for your patience.