It’s November! Time flies when you’re having fun…and even if you’re not. It just doesn’t seem fair! All we can do is to do our best, even if we’re weary. I hope Halloween brought you more treats than tricks and now we are heading toward Thanksgiving. We need to focus on those two words: Thanks and Giving, especially with the holidays looming. Many people have suffered a lot over the past year and a half, but as long as you can get out of bed and put your pants on you’re ahead of the game! I don’t mean to be flippant—just something to think about.
Most of you know I am a news junkie. Recently I saw an interview with a psychologist talking about all the anger people are feeling, and, unfortunately, acting out in ways that are horrifying. And most of it is displaced, like yelling at the clerk in the grocery store because the line is too long. Do you really think they planned it that way? I don’t think so. I know I talked about this in my last letter but it’s a chronic problem and it’s up to each of us to try to stem the tide. All of us can do a little each day. I don’t want to get preachy here, but I implore each of you to try a random act of kindness. Open the door for someone. Give a total stranger a compliment “Oh, I like your shoes!” It will make their day, and as a result, it will also make yours. I know life is very frustrating right now, but if everyone makes a small effort to be nice to one another, I truly believe we can become more civil and kind, which will truly shift the energy in a more positive direction.
I say this now because as we approach the holidays people are going to be even more frustrated with lack of goods and services. So, before you blow a gasket ask yourself, “Do I really need that thing?” (I’m not talking about necessities, like toilet paper.) Or if your children are becoming too demanding, reel them in. They will only learn if you teach them. As Crosby, Stills & Nash said, “Teach your children well.”
Now I shall step off my soapbox and talk about our contests for November. We will be giving away (5) special links for an audio-book download version of SANTA CRUISE. There will be a Special Holiday Contest Coming soon. Check back next week for details.
Have a wonderful THANKSGIVING!