“No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, / No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,— November!” Thomas Hood presents a downbeat view of November. It’s true that often when we think of November, it’s as a gray, damp, depressing time of the year. Yet, we’re human beings with free will, who can choose not to allow stereotypes like “dreary November” to dominate our approach to life. Whatever time of year it is, life is always a gift and there are always blessings to find, if we look hard enough, even if some of those blessings carry a tinge of sadness. For example, November is the month when, in the Christian church, we traditionally remember loved ones who have passed. These memories may bring tears but, even within the tears, there is a kernel of joy because these people have loved us, graced our lives, and gifted us with memories which continue to bless.
By Karen Rose, OSB