There's a new movie coming out this month titled, "Devotion." The movie is based on a true story, my favorite type of movie. To me, it's worth seeing something that tells a story based on actual events. No doubt some of the story is tweaked to add a bit more interest; however, overall the basic storyline is factual. It certainly looks very heartwarming, it might be something to check out on a cold, damp day this month.
The word, Devotion, felt like the perfect one word descriptor for the month of November. Many events this month require devotion. Webster uses, "loyalty" as the key word to describe devotion since it is something you "give time to."
Tuesday, November 8 is Election day. That certainly is something to give your time and devotion to; otherwise, you can't really complain about who gets in office. Oh, sure, you can complain, but that only pollutes the air and makes you a hypocrite. If you ignore voting, you're really saying, "I don't care who gets in," because to not vote is to vote for the person you may distrust or really not respect the most.
And, speaking of November 8, we'll have the Full "Beaver Blood Moon" that evening. It is referred to a blood moon since a lunar eclipse will also occur making the moon appear red. It is unlikely to be visually spectacular as the total lunar eclipse is set to play out in the sky hours earlier. It will be another two years before our next blood moon on March 14, 2025. What is a blood moon? It is when the moon, Earth and sun align in such a way that the moon, in its full phase, passes through the Earth's shadow. The Earth's atmosphere refracts ( bends) the sun's light, causing the moon to take on a copper red appearance. As every Full Moon offers; it is a good time to surrender to a heightened sense of emotionality and close or end a habit, cycle, or relationship. It also provides an opportunity to release negative or stagnant energy.
Friday, November 11 is Veteran's Day. It makes my heart most happy to see the recognition and respect given by the citizens of this country to those that honored the call of duty to serve and protect our country. Just as important is the devotion of those brave men and women who were willing to sacrifice so people in other countries can become free from the tyranny and control of those in power. Let's also remember, the military men and women who help during environmental disasters and domestic chaos. Truly they deserve our utmost respect!
And, of course, Thursday, November 24 we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with those we love. Again, my heart is full of love and respect for the many men, women and children that help feed the hungry. It is those random acts of kindness that assures me we are a nation of loving human beings. And, that we are teaching our children to be grateful for what they have and to feel compassion for those less fortunate. Even more importantly, they are learning, that action is how we show compassion!
In 2020, President Trump proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month which recognized the "self-determination and economic self-sufficiency of the nation's 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes." On October 31, 2022, President Biden also signed a "Proclamation recognizing November as National Native American Heritage Month." It is good to see a President from each party demonstrate the same respect and Devotion to a peaceful coexistence. Since Thanksgiving Day represents the peace agreement between the new foreign settlers and the indigenous people of this land, it seems like a very appropriate and long overdue recognition. No doubt it has taken much forgiveness and Devotion to this country to acknowledge an injustice that is finally being addressed. There are still many wounds among the people migrating to this country and our citizens; my hope is we will find a way to heal those strong beliefs on both sides so that our country can become a cohesive "Melting Pot!"
The Wisdom Circle will meet on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30-8 p.m. This month we will share what we considered in October about the "applied learning based on sensible judgment," or Wisdom, we have gleaned from our life experiences. This will be the last Wisdom Circle for 2022, so come and join us as we bring the teachings we received this year. I am confident the experiences you have had this year will enrich your sense of Devotion to the path you have chosen for your life.
Walks Tall Women is the Clan Mother for the month of November. She teaches us how to "Walk our Talk." Read about her on our website and learn ways to call to her for assistance with "Walking the Truth" in your life. As we began this blog, it takes Devotion to live your life with focus and clear intention to truly be a trustworthy, responsible person of integrity. Many blessings and much gratitude for each of you! From my heart to yours, Vicky
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!