I don’t wish to seem gloomy (that’s not the point of Lent), but as Ecclesiastes poetically puts it (1: 2-4) :
Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes vanity of vanities, and all is vanity. What hath a man more of all his labour, that he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth standeth for ever.
We all need to take stock sometimes