Lent is serious business. It is a time of sacrifice and looking deep within. It is walking through the desert, like our Lord did, while being tempted by the very things we are trying to give up. No meat, no sweets, being nice to those who are not nice to us. Perhaps venturing out of our comfort zone.
So, as we solemnly walk back down the aisle after receiving our ashes today, raise your head slightly and smile and wink at the person coming toward you. After all, we're all in this together.