The feast of Samhain, or Summer’s End, is the most important in the Celtic Calendar. The shadows become longer. Winter is at hand.
In sifting through my letters, I came to realize that I don’t have any negative comments to share with you this week. Sorry for the lack of entertainment. But I’d like to share with you something I received from a publisher about “Downriver”, which is still my only book:
This time of year, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a cup of tea. When the air becomes thick and the moisture hangs low in wisps of fog, the steam from my mug warms my nose and soon enough my gut. I am refreshed.
It is the break in the moment that makes it special. The water has to be heated and the tea steeped for 5 minutes, and then it is time to relax. I have to make time for tea, I have to stop being in motion for a short while to enjoy it.
Many holidays have been proclaimed for various reasons. Some are important, some are trivial. Martin Luther King Day took a long fight to become a holiday, Columbus Day has largely passed on without a fight. But October 25th is one holiday that could be added to our calendar, a holiday that celebrates something I am rather fond of. It is St Crispin’s Day, and it celebrates the English Language.
Everyone has an off day. We’re not machines, and we’re subject to influences ranging from small perceived slights to illness to simple changes in the weather. If you’re in some position of leadership, however, you can’t let these affect you.