November 16 through December 31 is designated as the Tie One on for Safety Holiday Campaign organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). It started in 1983 to convince people have a designated driver when drinking. The idea is the sober driver wears a red ribbon, so everyone knows they are the driver. Hence the phrase tie one on meaning a ribbon. The number of traffic-related deaths caused by drunk drivers increases during the holiday season. This is why the campaign last for about 6 weeks. Since the creation of new taxi services such as Lyft and Uber, it should be easier than ever to avoid driving after a night of drinking.
What folks don’t want to talk about this year is the increase in Covid-19 cases as we approach Winter. This means you shouldn’t travel for the holidays. Also, you should do all your drinking at home to social distance. If we can tie one on for safety, then we should be able to stay home for safety. There are many who still believe Covid-19 is a hoax. Whether you do or don’t, the flu is real, bronchitis is real, strep throat is real. Wear a face mask to help protect you from those illnesses during the Winter. Mask up for safety should be a thing too.
World Kindness day is November 13 (yesterday), and World Kindness Week begins the Monday of the week with November 13. After the events of the last few years, and the many years crammed into 2020, kindness is needed now more than ever. There are a couple of Buddhist sayings that always come to mind when speaking of kindness. The first is, ‘Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.’ And the second is, ‘Be kind to all creatures. This is the true religion.’ Kindness is the quality of being friendly and considerate. There are many who believe kindness is a weakness and these are the people who would do harm to others.
When someone is kind to you, it can lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. What happens to you if you’re kind to others? Some benefits for a person who is kind to others include elevation of dopamine levels in the brain, which make us feel good. It can also include the feeling of emotional warmth leading to a healthier heart, reduction of inflammation slowing the aging process, reduction of emotional distance helping couples feel bonded, and contagiousness that often sets off a pay-it-forward ripple effect. There’s one important message I have for everyone regarding kindness. Always be kind to others and always be kind to yourself. That last part is harder than people think. Be kind.
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. This is important because many people only want puppies or kittens from shelters. A lot of the older animals don’t get a forever home. Many shelters will waive fees for senior pet adoptions or for pets that have been at the shelter for too long. Senior pets are less likely to play and run around like crazy and that’s why I love adopting senior pets. I don’t want to deal with the rambunctious tiny ones. I want crabby old ladies who lay there and judge everyone.
I want to tell everyone about my cat, Callie. According to the shelter adoption papers she is about 12 years old. I think she’s much older than that, but in either case she’s a senior kitty. She likes sleeping, eating food, and yelling at me to refill her water dish. She doesn’t do much else. She’ll lay on my lap and sleep while I watch TV or read a book. She’s a perfect companion for me. So, if you have a lifestyle that’s a little more chill and quieter, try adopting a senior pet. And make sure you get them the right food for their age. I’m not sure about dogs, but senior cats can’t eat as much wet cat food as younger cats. Just FYI.