Today’s the day ghosts, witches, goblins and all sorts of spooks run amuck. Trick or treaters may not be running quite as amuck as before Covid. Yet, The times have sure changed from my childhood Halloweens. There was never any concern about the safety of the treats. The worst tricks were soaped store fronts or buildings wrapped in toilet paper. We even had a Halloween parade through the main street of my small town with prizes for the most original costumes. One year I won $15.00 for a costume my uncle and I made together. Good times. Good memories. Following is one of my favorites offered up by Linus . Happy and safe Halloween.
“With each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch he thinks is most sincere. He’s got to pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see. Just wait and see, Charlie Brown. I’ll see the Great Pumpkin. I’ll see the Great Pumpkin. you wait, Charlie Brown. The Great Pumpkin will appear and I will be waiting for him.”
Thinking about the 4 seasons, Autumn really is the season of change as noted by the Tao. Winter is a time of rest and restoring. Spring brings rebirth and renewal and new hope. Summer is the time of fullness and maturity. Then comes Autumn when everything begins to change and sets the stage for that which is to come.
As I’ve written a few times, Autumn is a favorite time of year. I love the vibrant colors, the wonderful smells of spices wafting from baked goods, mulled cider, wood stoves, leaves crunching under foot, et al. Following is Emily Dickenson’s delightful poem about Autumn that caught my fancy.
“The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.”
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This morning I met up with a dear friend for coffee. Returning to our favorite coffee shop felt almost surreal. It was truly a blast from the past. Honestly, I have been super cautious and uncomfortable about dining indoors since restrictions were lifted. We were able to find seating at a good distance from other patrons which helped me relax. I ordered both for eating there and for some take out. Just like I used to do. Our time there was so enjoyable, so normal, so like old times, and so good for our mental health. In these challenging times how important it is to savor and cherish these moments that can increase our well-being.
“Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.” - Georges Bernanos
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Things change. Sometimes permanently. Sometimes temporarily. Either way, things always change. So will this blog on a temporary basis. I’m teaching a couple of classes for the next 6 weeks. They will be consuming my time and attention. I did not want to put a pause on the blog, so I’ve opted for a change that will keep things going. When my time is compressed I will post thoughtful, positive or smile inducing words. Who knows? I may even find some moments to speak for myself.
I’d also like to wish a very Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all those celebrating today. Many blessings to you.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy, Jr.”
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Truth be told, I’ve been struggling more recently with post COVID stuff than during the restricted times. Crazy, right? I am fortunate that it takes very little to lift my spirits. A friend, who had just returned from a trip to Switzerland, came over. She had remembered something I told her awhile ago about a teaching assistant I once had. He would bring me champagne truffles for a treat. They are my absolute favorites. My friend had taken note and brought me back a small box of Swiss champagne truffles. I was over the moon. The day got even better. We went out to do some errands and I experienced another happiness booster.
Pre-pandemic when I was out in the afternoon, I would occasionally get a Starbuck’s Chai Latte. This is something I’d even forgotten about during our confinement. After completing the errands we went to a Starbuck’s and I got a Chai Latte. It may have been the best Chai Latte ever.
Those 2 inconsequential moments in the greater scheme of life turned my entire outlook around. I started to think about all the little things that bring joy and happiness and gratitude. It truly is the little things. Following are a few of those little things for me.
A Starbuck’s Chai Latte
Time with my daughter’s dog (and my daughter, of course)
Doing Wordle and crossword puzzles with a friend
The crunching sound when walking through fallen leaves in Autumn
The opportunity to do a kindness for someone
The smell of Linden flowers
A 64 pack of Crayola crayons
Roasted chestnuts from a vendor
Holiday snow globes
My list could go on. Let us just say that happiness is anyone and anything that is loved by you.
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