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Reflections November 2017

Phase Three

Your Seasonal Senses Will Tell You the Most

By Arnold Bornstein

Halloween is somewhat quickly followed by Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving – a series of holidays that as you get older usually trigger what I call the three R's: Remembrances, Regrets and Reflection.

You didn’t need Halloween or the supernatural to detect that change is in the air. We each sense our own signals about the change of seasons.

For me, the end of Daylight Savings Time, the end of the World Series and the parade of holidays – all under an earlier cover of darkness – are the real indicators of a seasonal change, more than what it says on your calendar.

Halloween is somewhat quickly followed by Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving – a series of holidays that as you get older usually trigger what I call the three R's: Remembrances, Regrets and Reflection.

Remembrances go back to childhood with Halloween and continue to the present with your children or grandchildren. Election Day often sets a time frame for periods of your life that occurred with terms of various American presidents. Past Thanksgivings seem to link continuing, warm memories of family and friends.

Regrets appear to be recalled more often during nearly all the holidays, which sometimes seem like mental landmarks in your life. You recall things you should have done, but didn't, and things you did, that you shouldn't have.

Reflection, however, usually accompanies regrets and you look forward to the new season and a new outlook.

My wife and I live in an area of several adult communities, and more concrete signs of the changing season will be with us shortly. That is when we will see auto-carrier trucks loading up with cars that they will transport to Florida. The migration is near. That is when numerous snowbirds will be joining the Canadian geese that still linger on the adult community golf courses as both species head south for the winter.

Those they leave behind note the other changes. Their friends are leaving for several months and social adjustments need to be made.

There will be no difficulty getting wanted tee-off times on the golf courses, if not bothered by the crisp air. Card games, their ranks thinned by departing snowbirds, will be heating up in the clubhouses.

The beautiful falling leaves, autumn wind, football instead of baseball, heat instead of air conditioning, turkeys, fireplaces and countless other changes occur.

Many non-snowbirds in the area have family and friends nearby, although many also make shortened migratory trips in the coming months to Florida, as well as Arizona, California, the Caribbean and wherever.

Reflecting on seasons, you continually hear the viewpoints from all sides:

"How can you take living in Florida during the summer?"

"You get used to it, and you go from an air-conditioned home to an air-conditioned car."

"It's a dry heat; there's no humidity!"

"Yeah, and an oven also has dry heat!"

"How can you take the snow and ice?"

"You go from a heated home to a heated car."

"But 25 degrees is still 25 degrees."

"The four seasons are beautiful and it's healthier, too!"

The curves and turns that we take in life, of course, often don't correspond to where we may want to live or to work. However, whatever feather of bird you happen to be or belong to, flocking together in any climate has been working very well for a very long time.

 

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