Today is Halloween. A day when children are generously rewarded, with lots of candy, for their costumes and playing make-believe.
During this season, adults dress-up in outlandish outfits and have a fun day at the office, attend parties, or go to a bar. The rewards are different for adults: maybe a day off, a cash prize, or a free drink.
Halloween is a season of walking through haunted houses or corn mazes and watching scary movies on TV. It is always fun to laugh with friends about how you almost peed your pants because that guy with the chain saw scared you “half-to-death.”
Consider this: What if it’s not all make believe?
Yup. I’m gonna be that guy who brings a dose of reality to Halloween.
May 22, 2011: An E-5 tornado stabbed and then carved a gaping wound into Joplin, MO. I wonder how many people are haunted every day by the memory of 200+ m.p.h. winds that took their homes, their jobs, and the lives of 161 people (friends, coworkers, neighbors, family.)
Every day, American soldiers, who are in foreign countries, are attacked by enemies who wear disguises or “costumes.” Those soldiers who are fortunate to survive, probably have nightmares about the bomb that took away their arm, their leg, or their eye.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is real. I can only imagine how terrifying it is.
9/11. Boston Marathon bombing. On our own soil. In our own backyard.
Brain cancer. Lung cancer. ALL cancer.
Heart attacks and strokes.
Parkinson’s. Alzheimer’s. Dementia.
Diabetes. Obesity. Depression.
Unemployment. Forecloure. Bankruptcy.
Domestic Violence. Drug Addiction. Alcoholism.
Road rage. Rude people. “Friends” who stab-you-in-the-back.
All of them: MONSTERS
We are surrounded by them. Everyday. And they are real. They don’t just go away after a day/night of over indulging on “sweets.”
All Hallows’ Eve: The night before All Saint’s Day (a traditional Catholic and Protestant holiday) when we remember and honor all saints, known and unknown.
We all have someone we know who is worthy of remembering and honoring. We have all had “saints” that have been a part of our lives. Let us celebrate the good memories of the saints we loved, who have left this earth.
Perhaps we can remember the family and friends (living saints) that have stuck with us through good and bad times. We should celebrate daily, the people who support and give us encouraging strength to fight against our personal demons and real life monsters.
If we choose to Celebrate What’s Right The World (credit: Dewitt Jones), then we can all have a Happy Halloween.
Besides, Thanksgiving is less than a month away. Christmas is just around the corner and New Year’s is not far away. So, I guess today is the official/unofficial kick-off the holiday season.
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.