In a year of endless tricks and plot twists, in which we’ve had to adapt to one new normal after the next, I hope we can find it within ourselves this Halloween, and otherwise, to adapt to a new normal. Of relating to one another differently -- instead of cruel tricks or pranks in a world that’s already so weary of them, can we find it within ourselves to elevate and embrace the treats, and things in our lives for which we give thanks? This is not just about seeking out giveaways of the sugary, cavity-inducing kind, it's about celebrating and opening yourself up to even the simple treats in life of which many can still be found. If you’re willing to pay attention and look around, you’ll see that many abound. Whether it’s...
Spending quality time with loved ones
Trading laughs with dear ones virtually or IRL
The joy of a home cooked meal
Being able to access the wisdom of some of the greatest minds from around the world through a screen and a click of a button
Enjoying time in nature and basking in the awe of a beautiful landscape and the changing of the seasons
Finding the quiet pauses in your day, in between all of the busyness of doing, when you get can tap into and settle in your whole sense of being.
Socially distancing, and wearing masks to show your care, concern and respect for others -- honoring the value of their lives, as you do your own.
Basically, celebrating, that when 2020 has given us more than ample reason to throw in the towel and give up, that we have managed to persevere, that we have the honor and privilege of still being here, being resourceful, finding new ways of adapting, being, and relating to one another and the constantly shifting circumstances around us. Yes, what a time it is to be alive. Even during these most unusually chaotic, trying times, may we never take for granted this privilege to still be alive, to be able to experience the myriad “treats” the world has in store for us, if we’re just willing to slow down, and be fully engaged with the present moment and take them in. To paraphrase the saying may we, “Always find the time to find the things that make us come --- and keep us -- alive." 🙏🏼💖
Lastly, here's a reminder of easy, low cost ways to "treat" yourself and one another in ways that are far more meaningful than candy, courtesy of Mike Medaglia:
Also, perhaps most importantly....
[Image credits: Digsdigs.com Pumpkin Carving Ideas, Nick Colthorpe via Coroflot, Cartoon by Mike Medaglia.]