Today is Monday . . . and I know that all of us are wishing that we could turn back the clock to yesterday so we don’t have to get up with the alarm. Sadly, we can’t do that, so all we can do is raise our coffee cups in salute to the new week, and make the best of it by celebrating things great and small. Mondays aren’t so bad, and I really don’t mind them. . . but it is so difficult to get up before the sun rises. I still haven’t adapted to the change in daylight hours. There is one benefit to getting up this early – I get to see some of the most beautiful sunrises! Here’s to Mondays, coffee and seeing the sun come up!
Columbus Day – Until a year ago, I had NO idea how many countries celebrate a version of Columbus Day. I realize that there is some controversy around celebrating this day, and I understand why if you’re part of the Native American community that there would be. On October 12, 1492, Columbus arrived on the shores of the Americas. Here is a list of a few countries that celebrate, and what they call the landing: Columbus Day in the United States: Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America; Discovery Day in the Bahamas; Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain; Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina; Day of the Americas in Belize; and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century. So in all of this, when did it become an official holiday in our country? Well, in 1906 it became an official state holiday in Colorado, and became a federal holiday for the whole country in 1937, though it has been celebrated since the colonial times unofficially. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World. Since 1970 though, the holiday has been fixed to the 2nd Monday in October, which gives many people a three day weekend. Banks, the bond market, the U.S. Postal Service, other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses and most school districts have it off. For those of you who get a three day weekend- awesome for you! Enjoy.
International Skeptics Day – if you’re a “doubting Thomas”, then this is the perfect day for you. A classic skeptic may wonder if the earth isn’t really round, or the sky isn’t truly blue, or if the person who they love REALLY loves them back? By definition, a skeptic is a person who questions or doubts facts and theories. He, or she, is a disbeliever by nature, not accepting the “given”. If you are inclined to doubt things that you see or hear, then this day would definitely be for you. I am a skeptic about people and their motivations, but not so much about things that many are skeptical over. I believe in God, I believe in angels, and I’m truly a believer that we aren’t alone in the universe. I trust my instincts and intuition and honestly, I believe that somewhere in everyone at least a grain of something good exists.
International Day for Failure – The world we live in is a success driven world. When you watch the news, read the papers, hear stories . . . they are usually giving praise to people who have, by societies standards, succeeded. You’ve probably noticed that when you are successful, that other people want to be around you . . . sort of like moths to the light. Where are those people when you’ve failed though? They don’t really want to be around much, maybe they are afraid it will rub off? We are celebrating the International Day for Failure today, which has been happening since 2010. It was started by a group from Finland with the intention of encouraging people to throw aside their inhibitions and lose their fear of messing up. It happens to all of us, after all, and honestly, if we do not have failure, then we learn nothing new. This isn’t a widely known celebration yet, but if we could all embrace our failures, we could march onward after valuable lessons learned to achieve the success we desire. Every successful person fails . . . did you know that J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter serious, had 10 publishers reject her work before she was published? Or that Walt Disney’s first cartoon series in Kansas City left him bankrupt? How about that Albert Einstein was expelled from high school when he was 16 for failing several subjects? You may be surprised to find that Steve Jobs lost his job with Apple, the company he co-founded, after a number of failed designs, including the NeXT hardware, which later became the foundation for future Apple products. All of these people agree that their failures played a role on their journey to success. The bottom line is that anyone who works hard and tries, will have failures, and each of them is a valuable tool by which we can learn how to move forward and succeed.
National Kick Butt Day – This is a good one . . . we are nearing the end of the year and I’m betting there are a lot of things we haven’t yet accomplished that we really want to. Well, today is the day to give ourselves a good kick in the butt and get things moving in the right direction before the new year begins and we have a whole new set of resolutions to try to fulfill. There’s still time to start eating healthier, to exercise, stop smoking, go back to school, or even start learning a foreign language! Stop procrastinating and kick your butt back onto the right track today!
Navy Birthday – In the United States we usually celebrate Navy Day on October 27th. The date was selected because it was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt, who was an avid supporter of the U.S. Navy. In the 1970’s, research determined that the actual birthday of the U.S. Continental Navy was on October 13, 1775. At the time there were efforts to move Navy Day to this date, but it is still mostly recognized October 27th. Today, give some well deserved attention to our proud U.S. Navy, and to the sailors who serve our country.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Yorkshire Pudding Day – Despite its stately moniker, Yorkshire pudding is nothing more than a savory popover. Do as the Brits do and serve it for a late Sunday brunch, preferably with a hearty roast or sausages.
- Yorkshire Puddings
- Toad in the Hole
- Onion Yorkshire Pudding
- Yorkshire Pudding
- Yorkshire Pudding With Herbs
- Sussex Pudding
- Easy Traditional Yorkshire Pudding
I’m feeling pretty good about all of these celebrations today! A little something for everyone! I have to say, I’ve never tried Yorkshire Puddings, nor have I obviously ever tried to make some, but those are looking pretty good to me right now! I may have to take a look at those recipes and give them a try! Later. Right now I need to race out the door so I can get to work on time. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!