As I sat hungry at the evening Ash Wednesday service, I thought of a meal I had a couple years ago. Crazy, I know, but this one really made an impression on me. A friend was on a diet that gave her very precise directions for each meal. For this one, she could have 3 ounces of tuna, some specific number of cherry tomatoes, a certain number of cucumber slices and a few crackers. As she told me the lunch that she, and consequently I, would be having, I was a bit dismayed. So, when we got to lunch, and put it all together (although mine had a little mayo and some pickles with the tuna), it was really incredible. It’s one of my favorite summer lunches. It’s light, refreshing, delicious, and makes a beautiful plate. Today, it made me think that in fasting, we learn to appreciate the simplest of things. It doesn’t take fancy, expensive ingredients or a super-star chef to make something wonderful. It can be as simple as a couple vegetables, a protein, and a cracker. And so it goes with pretty much anything in our lives, doesn’t it?