REFLECTIONS UPON A MONTH by Marcus Man

October.  The time in the year when it gets a little cooler from the mid-year heat.  It is the time of the year when we wake up in the morning listening to the gentle pitter-patter of the showers outside our windows.  And if we don’t, there is that mellow warmth, gentle and kind, comforting and reassuring, sometimes so comfortable that we do not want to get out of bed.

It is the month of early autumn in many countries.  I remember being in Nanjing one year in late October.  It was maybe about 18 degrees, no more than 20.  I was in one of the scenic spots higher up in the hilly regions of the city.  The trees had begun to turn into various shades of brown, amber and bronze, glowing with radiance gilded by the rays of the sun.  I felt like a treasure hunter looking at the treasures for the first time.  It is little wonder that so many poets and writers have sung praises of the season.

It is the month when there is a feeling that things are slowing down a bit, not quite December which marks the end of the whole year…but slowed down relatively so that contemplation and reflection can set in, either to take stock of the year or to celebrate what has been gained so far.

In the same way, October Man celebrates life’s journey for men.  It is a celebration of having come so far.  Sure, there have been ups and downs but we have taken what life has thrown at us, both the good and the bad.  It is time to take stock and rejoice and perhaps to even be contributing back from our treasure trove of experience.

So the invitation is for all of us to relax a little bit more and begin to seize the day.  October has its beauty….not quite the brightness, freshness and wide-eyed wonder of the early months, not quite the intense giddy frenzy of the mid-year months but also not quite the sad sobering stillness of the end of the year.

October boasts its own beauty, confident and powerful, serene and stable….so let’s all celebrate this time of the year and the men in it.

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So the invitation is for all of us to relax a little bit more and

begin to seize the day…

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