My piece in the Chinese New Year concert on Monday went reasonably well, or at least, as well as could be expected. Having finished off that piece, I've been relaxing slightly - obviously a mistake, for I found out yesterday that a singer I'm accompanying in a Lieder Prize has prelims next week, for which we have to do two songs... and a large amount of 'stuff' is piling up in the beginning of March. Having realised this today, I decided to get in some practise, but didn't do very well, which was disappointing.
Yesterday I sung in an Ash Wednesday service. I was in a relatively somber mood, and felt encouraged to think what I might give up for lent. I don't usually eat much in the way of chocolate, but I do enjoy baking (anything from biscuits to cakes), so that is certainly a possibility.
A while ago I heard something which made me think. Why not take something up for lent? A duty, perhaps something that would help someone else. I suppose you could think of it as giving up your time, which is a very valuable gift.