Have you ever wondered about the name for our 10th month, October – and where it came from?
The word, October, is derived from the Latin word, “octo” or eight. In days of old, the Roman calendar consisted of only 10 months and October was the 8th month, followed by November and December. (January and February were added much later.)
In many cultures and belief systems, the number 8 symbolizes prosperity, wealth, peace and fertility. This is a time to celebrate your Abundance. (Here are 3 reasons why I love bonfires!)
Turn the number 8 sideways, and you will recognize the symbol for Infinity. To me, this is a reminder that, just as with nature, life is also cyclical and repetitive. Everything flows and returns. . . . there will be ups and downs . . . deep sadness will soon yield to joys, and so forth.
This is comforting to know that tough times won’t last forever. Equally so, neither will the good times. So appreciate them while they last! Low times are great for introspection; the highs are great opportunities for celebration.
I like to think of October as the time for envisioning my “Infinite Possibilities.”
Perhaps this is why I am energized this time of year to clean up unfinished business and begin making room in my life for new opportunities.
Just as the farmers are clearing their fields to prepare for the new year . . . I am motivated to clear my slate and set the stage for a fresh new start in Spring. This also frees me up to celebrate and reflect during the last two months of the year.
In order to create space for this surge on an already-filled calendar (plus making room for some Fall football!), it is necessary to say ‘no’ to some other activities. Here are 3 things I have shifted recently to allow me to increase my focus in areas that are more important right now:
1. Watch less television. It is so easy to be numbed by the constant availability of news, weather and politics. Are there shows you no longer really care about, but are still tuning into, out of habit? Let them go. How might you utilize that extra hour or two each night?
2. Revisit your ‘ideal schedule.’ Work out a few adjustments in your current schedule to bring you a step or two closer toward your ideal world. This could be as simple as adjusting how many times you eat out each week, or becoming more efficient and creative in the kitchen to save meal prep time through the week. What might you do with an extra 5 hours each week?
3. Clearing closets (and other catch-all’s). Your life shifts and changes. Do you really still need to hold onto those old jackets that no longer fit or those college text books from 15 years ago? Get rid of items no longer functional for you. Take useful items to shelters and ‘repeat’ stores for another person to enjoy. This physical act of creating breathing room surprisingly helps you make a mental shift to do the same with your mind clutter. The result? A clearer, more creative path to finding solutions and wrapping up unfinished business.
What can you say NO to, in order to say YES to something else?
Let’s keep those fires burning brightly!Make it a Golden Day!
Your Coach for Results