My son and I joke about October being the best month for sports with multiple choices.
- College football begins with all the usual rivalries. Depending on the day and the teams, we wear the appropriate T-shirts.
- Baseball winds down with the World Series. Sadly, we are not cheering for the Royals this year.
- The NFL is in full force. Chiefs-wear is always in the laundry basket.
- College basketball begins. We missed Late Night at the Phog this year, but we’ll be cheering for the Jayhawks.
But October wears another side of her beauty. I love the colors and textures of the 10th month, and it’s my birthday month.
On most October days, I walk through my neighborhood or find a nearby trail. Always on the lookout for interesting bits of nature, I gather acorns, colorful leaves or unusual rocks.
Then I arrange my treasures on the kitchen windowsill where I can see them through the long winter and remember the beautiful days of autumn.
When the leaves let go of their parent limbs and dance to the ground, I gather bouquets to brighten the house. Earth colors are my favorites so gold, orange, red, purple and green spice up my home.
And speaking of spices — this is the month when I begin making soups. My favorite is a mixture of roasted vegetables: acorn squash, colorful peppers, garlic, onion and cauliflower. Then I add homemade chicken broth and use my emulsifying blender to make it smooth. Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves add the wonder of spice, and sometimes a dash of curry.
October is also an important month for some of my coaching clients. Blindness Awareness Month is the time they focus on helping others learn about this disability and show compassion to those who live with vision loss.
Two of my clients suffer from the same disease: retinitis pigmentosa. Both of them are gifted writers and women who inspire me every time we meet.
For inspirational books that provide humor and hope, check out the website of Amy Bovaird. Her stories of courage and travel with vision loss humble me while reminding all of us writers to share our creative gifts with others.
Another writer is Jena Fellers. She just completed a book, “Mishaps to Mission” where she describes unusual miracles on an ordinary bus trip. Jena also writes informative blog posts about family and ministry.
Although October is such a beautiful month, it is also a reminder of the ugliness some women live with. One out of four women live in destructive relationships. Some of them sit next to you at church or stand in line at Wal-Mart behind you.
They don’t always present with black eyes or bruises, because abuse takes many forms. Some of their scars are invisible yet negatively affect their lives and steal hope.
October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I wrote a novel, No Visible Scars, detailing the story of Abigail who learns how to set healthy boundaries and almost loses everything in the process. But in the end, she emerges with new-found strength and a growing sense of her authenticity.
So as you march through October, give thanks for your vision or your healthy relationships. Take a walk and revel in the textures of this show-off month.
Then root for your favorite sports team and hope for the best.
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