Nov. 20th Absurdity Day
Can you imagine a world where ever T was crossed and every I was doted? Where everyone wore the same clothes, spoke the same language, and ate the same foods? To me, that would be absurd. What do you consider absurd? Is it some one who dresses in strange clothes or wears their hair in different colors. I admit that is not my cup of tea either. But, they, just as I, have the right to think the way they want, dress the way they want, and to do the unexpected from time to time. Without these absurdities we would all be the same. I don’t always like them, sometimes I totally disagree with them, but we have the right to be as absurd as we want to be… when I don’t like it, I’ll just look the other way.
How to celebrate – Live and let live. Try something you’ve never done before. Make a list of things you think others might find absurd about you.
Today is the day that Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address to dedicate a national cemetery to those men who died in early July, both defending their country and trying to save a way of life. You can pick your side, both had their merits, both had their faults. It seems like there is a lot today that we want to try to forget, or erase from history but the truth is, history has brought us to where we are today, good or bad. And that’s what Lincoln was trying to say. Often it takes terrible things happening to teach us lessons we needed to learn, if we block them out like they never existed, then we have not learned the lesson history offers. Four score and seven years earlier our forefathers created the land Lincoln knew. It wasn’t perfect but it was better than most places and because we did learn our lessons we have made it all that better since. Don’t forget history because it is likely to repeat itself because of our ignorance.
How to celebrate – Read all of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Study the causes of the Civil War.
I’m not sure this is a day you should actually celebrate, who knows what mischief you might find yourself in! That said, more people spend time in the occult than you might realize. If you read your horoscope every day you are actually participating in the occult. It’s not always as dark as it seems, but the intent is the same. The occult is the shadier side of life, predicting the future is included in that. Astrology studies the future, something no one can really predict and believing in it can cause you to be concerned about things you need not worry about or ignore things you should watch out for. It can be fun to pretend but don’t take it too seriously.
How to celebrate – Read your horoscope. Try a Ouija Board. Forget today exists!
Nov. 17th Take A Hike Day
There are 60,000 miles of paths to hike on in the National
Trail System in the United States. You could go for a walk and take months, if
not years, before you return. And this time of year, when the air is cooler and
the leaves are still changing colors is a great time to go. No, you don’t have
to walk all 60,000 miles but the more you do walk, the better you will feel. Hiking
is great exercise and improves your mood and outlook on life. You can actually
see what makes this country great! It’s not the highways and the airports, not
the high rises and elaborate theaters, it’s not the banks or Wall Street, it is
the country, what the settlers fought for, built from nothing and the woods you
have the freedom to roam whenever you want.
How to celebrate – Take a walk! Form a club to walk with.
Take photos of where you go so you have something to share when you get back.
We all know it is not good for us, though it is getting better, but we all have done it… we eat a fast food business for ease, speed and sometimes because we like it! McDonald’s has been around since 1955, Burger King since 1953 and Wendy’s since 1969. These are the three biggies. There are smaller ones that have been around even longer. When eating at a fast food place I think we need to remember they are in business to make money, not answer our nutritional needs. It is our choice to eat there, not their duty to feed us what is best for us. We go to them to eat something we like, get it quickly and move on with our day. We could choose to take longer to go to someplace that serves better quality food and may give us more healthy choices. But it is our choice!
How to celebrate – Support your favorite fast food establishment. Find the healthy choices on the menu of you favorite fast food establishment. Have some fast food for lunch today!
If you do clean out you refrigerator only once a year, this is the day. But if you only do it once a year you are going to find things in there you will not even remember. Perhaps because things will grow on their own in there! We all have the good intention to eat our left-overs but the fact is, there are many, many times we never get back to them. We often intend to drink that little bit of milk left over the morning before it went bad, but we don’t always get there. It’s sort of like that drawer we stash things into that we do not know what to do with but don’t want to get rid of. So today is the day to surprise yourself and find out what you have stashed in your refrigerator and rid yourself of them before Thanksgiving. (You’ll probably add a lot more then).
How to celebrate – Clean out your refrigerator. Hire someone to clean out your refrigerator. Make a discovery of some new creation evolving from your forgotten substances in the refrigerator.
Doctors are given all the credit for health care however, it is up to the nurse to make sure the doctor has not made a mistake. Obviously an operating room nurse is very, very important. The day was created by Governor Terry Branstad in 1989, then governor of Iowa. I have known a lot of really great nurses, some from the operating room, others that serve the recovery time and those that assist doctors. A nurse is also the connection from the individual to the doctor since nurses generally deal daily with the patient. This does not mean the doctor doesn’t care, they may deal with dozens of people where the nurse normally deals with the individual. So let’s recognize the nurse, we can praise the doctor, but the nurse is the backbone of the health industry.
How to celebrate – Thank any nurse you happen to know. Study to become a nurse. Read about the history of the nurse.
So much of the world is under siege by war, dictators and poverty that it would be nice to take a break and find a little time for kindness to each other. I think people generally want to be nice to each other, they want to help where they can and be positive forces for good. The problem comes from those few people that find chaos to work for them better than peace. It comes from the World Kindness Movement in 1996-97 and the day was developed into the Declaration of Kindness on November 13th, 1997. It is nice to proclaim a day like this, however making it work practically may be an entirely different matter. If we all practiced what we preached, the world would be a much different place. However, with that in mind, find some way today to go out of your way to be kind.
How to celebrate – Find different causes you can support. Perform an act of kindness. Embrace the World Kindness Movement.
Just like with vegetables, as we get older we tend to appreciate things a little more. Books fall into that category as well. As a child we have so many things to do, most of which are useless, that we don’t get around to the things that are important. Reading is very important, it can take us places we might not ever get a chance to go, learn things that everyday life does not teach us and be entertained at the same time. The idea is to get kids to read so that by the time they grow up, they have a better foundation to make a better life for themselves. The day was created by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. A book is a treasure, just like those treasure buried by pirates, and often worth much more!
How to celebrate – Read a book with your child. Take your child to a library. Read a book yourself.
World War 1 ended on November 11th, at 11:11 in 1918. Three years later the US, UK, and France decided we needed to remember both the end of the war and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and Armistice Day was founded. Among those who were remembered were all the unknown soldiers buried in Europe. So in 1921 a day was set aside to remember them, along with the living heroes, to honor their memory. In 1954 President Eisenhower changed Armistice Day in the US to Veteran’s Day since the Armistice was more of a European thing. It is a day we should remember the fallen, but also remember the living veterans among us. These men and women have gone through things hopefully the rest of us will never know.
How to celebrate – Visit the Unknown Soldier Tomb in Washington, D.C.. Thank any soldier you come across for their service. Be proud that usually, freedom wins out over evil.