I have been writing this blog for several years now, and I just love your comments. But the next two weeks will be difficult. We are coming to the end of 2020. Halloween will be the 31st of October, and the Presidential election will be November 3rd.
Halloween is followed by All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. All Saints Day and All Souls Day were initiated by the Catholic church to coincide with the Celtic festival of Samhain, which was a festival of bonfires, sacrifices, and homage to the dead and to your God, celebrated on October 31st. On Samhain, poor people would go to wealthier people’s doors to ask for food and other necessities for the winter, and promise to pray for the homeowner’s loved ones who had died. During these days, you may want to think of one thing that a special person who has passed (or you no longer talk to) taught you and cherish it. Say thank you.
As the season changes, let’s look at some changes that you may want to make. Let’s look at what you are ready to let pass on; and what you really want.
First, this is the time when your abstinence from compulsive eating must be well established. One of the most dangerous effects of inappropriate food use for people with food addictions and other eating disorders, is the fact that the food affects the way you think. Wide variations in the release of neurotransmitters in your brain will make you feel more unsteady, more frightened, and more unwise in decision making. So please, be meticulous with your abstinence through the end of 2020.
And please let’s be careful to protect each other as we celebrate Halloween:
Wash your hands a lot and wear a mask.
The masks on Halloween costumes don’t cover well enough. Use another mask in addition to the costume mask.
Buy nonfood treats for the kids from the dollar store; they’re better than candy in many ways – and the kids might even enjoy them more.
If you do provide treats, use single serve packages.
Or turn off your lights so the kids won’t come.
Decorate your house or front porch with “creepy stuff”.
Wear costumes and take pictures to send to family and loved ones.
And how about Halloween movies at the local drive in?
Or order a video from Redbox for you and your family to enjoy.
If you go out trick or treating, keep your path close to home with neighbors you know.
And talk with your children about planning and preparing for the holiday so they know about the dangers and how to protect themselves.
Now what about you? This is an important time for all adults in America, and we need every brain cell up, running, and ready. It feels to me like 2020 has been impossible – full of dead ends, impassable roads, and bridges to nowhere. It’s time to find a more positive approach to our lives.
Get rid of the excess Halloween candy and any other foods that torture you. Get them out of your house.
Turn on some music you enjoy.
Pull out an old film you loved.
As you drive, enjoy the beautiful leaves on the trees.
Enjoy the crisp autumn air, (is that a bonfire?)
Watch the rising or setting sun. Are the sunsets not beautiful these days?
Make it your job to be kind and to speak kindly to everyone you meet.
Is there a thank you note you could write?
And would an elderly relative cherish pictures of you and your children?
How can you make a positive difference in someone’s life?
Could you send a note of appreciation to someone? A text or call?
Blessings to you!