Blackened tree stump, escaped turning into ash but didn't escape the axeman. The board hole or notch is where the axeman stood.
If I could verbalise I might articulate similar ideas to Alain de Bottom's, visiting atheist philosopher. Does he say that the lives of all of us are enmeshed in tradition arising from faith and beliefs? And this has pragmatic spin-offs.
Lenten Carbon Fast 2012 provides an action for each day of Lent, which will help you cut down on CO2 emissions. (Whether this use of Lent is a trifle odd and way off the mark is difficult to say not that the world's religions need not concern themselves with environmental issues because all aspects of life are 'right up there'. The calendar has been locally adapted from foreign origins.)
Ash Wednesday February 22.
Begin your Lenten journey with a quiet prayer. As both a symbolic and practical act, remove one light bulb from your home and live without its light for the next 40 days. This will decrease your energy use, and act as a reminder of your Lenten Carbon Fast.