Did you hear about a woman who went to a pet store to purchase a parrot to keep her company? She picked out a beautiful bird that was guaranteed to be easy to train to talk. She bought a book on training parrots, and she took the book and her new pet home.
A week went by and she returned to the pet store and complained, “I've followed the book explicitly but that parrot hasn't said a word yet!” The storekeeper was puzzled and asked, “Does it have a mirror? Parrots like to be able to look at themselves in the mirror. And then he’ll talk” So, she bought the mirror and returned home.
A week later she was back, announcing that the bird still wasn't saying anything. The storekeeper thought about it for a moment and then said, “Does the parrot have a swing? Birds enjoy relaxing on a swing. If he’s relaxed then he’ll talk.” So, she bought the swing and went home.
Well, two days later she returned to the store and announced that the bird had died. The storekeeper was visibly upset and said, “Did the bird ever say ANYTHING before it died?” “Yes,” said the lady, “Just as it keeled over dead, it said, 'Don't they sell any food at that store?’.”
The purpose of the season of Lent is so that we as Christians can clear out some of the clutter in our lives and focus our attention on spiritually feeding our souls.