Brilliant Colors burst forth in forests all over the Northern Hemisphere. It is a time when people celebrate the abundance of harvest.
The air cools, many places get frost that ignites the colors even more. This is often a refreshing and joyful time after the Summer's heat.
We create Halloween, with ghosts and witches and fake tombstones in our front yard as a means of acknowledging the end of a cycle of seasons, a kind of death. This year, the stalking of death may seem a little more real. Coronavirus is still among us, and many fear that the coming of the usual flu season may herald new spike in Coronavirus cases. As we lose hours of sunlight, an ancient pattern in our bodies seems to want us to hibernate, our rhythm slows down, and it seems our immunity also takes a nap.
So let us use the spirit of celebration to stay well, and help our friends and family stay well. Many have seen the yellow and white booklets that contain succinct and easy to follow guidelines. They were distributed broadly by Volunteer Ministers throughout the world.
The message is not complex, but it is vital. Wash your hands well, at all those instances when your mother or kindergarten teacher said you should,and sanitize them often. Wear glovers when you are going to be in places where viruses or other germs could linger, especially public rest rooms,gas pumps, ATMs etc. Then take those nasty things off, correctly, and throw them away. In this season, masks can be entertainment. Indulge. But wear ones that cover your mouth and nose. Hygiene helps everyone. "Keep your body clean. People who do not bathe or wash their hands regularly can carry germs." L. Ron Hubbard www.thewaytohappiness.org @waytohappinesstampa