09 Oct Opportunity Knocks this Halloween – Embrace Change and be Bold
Trick or treating may be a little different this year but that doesn’t mean it is cancelled altogether.
While big parties and knocking on doors in return for a handful of sweets are out for this year, it just means it is time to get inventive with your spooky celebrations.
Pumpkin trails are already popping up on social media that can be followed with homes choosing to get involved by carving and lighting up a pumpkin, or you could gather a few of your closest friends or family and head out on a late night walk in the dark (but stay safe and take a torch!).
How about throwing a themed dinner party or meeting up with a friend to watch a horror film and create your own scarefest? The choices are there, it’s a case of making the most of what we have. You might even have a better time!
“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” Theodore Levitt.
Take a tip from trick or treaters: ask and you just might get
While you may not be knocking on doors and asking to be given treats this year (even if you’re too old now to see this as the bundle of excitement it used to be) there is a message to consider from the Halloween trick or treat tradition and that is – if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
At all times, whether it feels like it or not, opportunities exist. Sometimes you just don’t know they are there waiting for you. It can take a lot to step up and ask for what you want, whether that is work experience, a job interview or to be included in someone’s social plans.
Most people want to help or be kind, and you really never know what lies ahead. So, be bold and take a chance if there is something that you really want and knock on the door and ask – just think of how many people enjoy dishing out treats to callers to celebrate Halloween.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie
Look for new ways to enjoy life
The other life lesson to take from this year’s Halloween is the need to find ways to enjoy the colder months. There is a lot to be said for taking it easy and enjoying the company of those you know best.
Board game nights or snuggling up in front of the fire to watch a film with family and friends are great ways to shut out the world and feel cosy. Or perhaps you could make the most of the quiet times to develop yourself – learn to code, start painting or put in extra time practising a musical instrument. Fill your days – and nights – with something that you love but remember to keep in touch with your friends to stay connected.
As Halloween hits the reset button remember – be bold and ask for what you want and make the most of what you have to build and enjoy a resilient outlook.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building on the new.” Socrates
Dates for your diary this October
Every month the world or individual countries and communities acknowledge different days that mean something to their culture, history, society or personal circumstances. I will be sharing three or four more touching days with you that resonate with the time of year or events of the year that we are experiencing.
World Mental Health Day 10 October
This year’s World Mental Health Day on 10 October reminds us of the need for good mental health for everyone. Having good mental health allows us to make the most of our lives and to fully enjoy the things we do with friends and family. Focusing on your wellbeing should always be a priority so take the time to check you are looking after yourself and catch up with friends and family.
Evaluate Your Life Day 19 October
Evaluate Your Life Day serves as a reminder to take stock of your life. Use the day as a marker to ask yourself if you are on course to follow your dreams and whether you are living the life you want to. Do you enjoy what you spend your time doing? Do you waste time on something that makes your miserable? Think about what works for you and make the changes that you need for a fulfilled life.
Face Your Fears Day 20 October
The ghosts and ghouls of Halloween may be the obvious symbol of fear, but this October it could also be time to face personal fears that are holding you back? People are fearful of all sorts of things, but if this is stopping you living your best life, 20 October is the time to face it down and give your self-confidence a boost. Stand up and speak in public, go out for dinner alone, catch a spider and put it outside, book a flight or climb a tower – if you face your fear and conquer it you will feel amazing!
“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” Judy Blume
Choose the life you want to lead – embrace change and be bold
Halloween is both exciting and a little scary. Take this month to look for the positives, face your fears and seek out opportunities. Nights are drawing in but that’s no excuse to let the cloaks of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) pull you down. You make your own choices and it’s a choice to be or not be the proverbial monster!
Please do share your Halloween antics with us on social media over the coming weeks and put a little ghoulish fun into your day J
Embrace change and be bold – have a glowing pumpkin-positive week!