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The Celebration of Diwali

Right now, in Chicago, there’s a buzz that’s palpable.

It’s everywhere – an overwhelming feeling of excitement that something really cool is happening.   There’s nervous anticipation around every corner.  It’s almost like a Tiny Tot who is waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Yes, the entire city is enveloped in Cubs Fever.

There’s a similar buzz – excitement and nervous anticipation – halfway around the world, in every corner of India.  But the population, largely, has no interest in the Cubs.  In fact, the vast majority – cricket and soccer fans - don’t even really follow baseball at all.

It is Diwali season.

On Sunday, Hindus, and some Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists around the world will celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights.  There are different religious backgrounds to the annual holiday, but the theme is the same: The triumph of Good over Evil.    Bright lights line the streets in India, new clothes are worn, gifts are exchanged, and many eat more sweets in 5 days than perhaps should be eaten over a month’s time.   Around the world, parties are held for weeks leading up to Diwali, with plenty of dance, song, and the heartiest of meals.

It is Diwali season.

Here in the U.S., my family and I have been invited to many folk dance events and parties for several weeks now.  Just walking in to some of these events is overpowering – as many years as I’ve gone, I still marvel at the colorful beauty of every single intricate outfit worn by nearly every single one of the hundreds of participants.

It is Diwali season.

It is a time for reflection, a time for appreciation, a time for realizing how much Good we have in our lives, a time for planning great things for the following year.  It is a time for friends to come together, connect, dance, sing, break bread, and simply enjoy one another’s company.

We’ve just finished Jewish Holidays earlier in the month; Diwali is this week, and Christmas is right around the corner.  Regardless of which of these we might personally observe (if any), it’s a time to stop and reflect.   Much as we do at Seasons, it’s a time to Honor Life and Offer Hope.

This year (Aside from hoping for a Cubs victory), I’m hoping for a lot.  I’m hoping that everyone around me gets to take more moments to stop and reflect.  I’m hoping our Seasons team members are able to take time to refuel with their families on a regular basis.  I’m hoping our patients and families get time to connect, sing, and when possible even break bread together before saying their final goodbyes.

I’m hoping we all take time to Honor one another, even if for a moment, every single day. 

From my family to yours, Happy Diwali!