There is an old brain teaser that I used to catch people with. What is the longest month of the year?...the answer was October - due to the extra hour accounting for the change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time
...but in 2007, the Mensa candidates in Washington changed the dates from the last Sunday in October to the first Sunday in November (November 7th in 2010) citing energy conservation (and ruining my brain teaser).
Each day I try to arise at around 6am. One of the most unpleasant things in life, for me, is getting out of bed in the black of night. Now I don’t mind it getting darker earlier in the evening but waking each morning before the dawn truly pains me.
I know down inside that this is just nature. The autumn is upon us. The leaves are falling and the evening has a brisk chill. I recently put the cooling fans into storage and pulled out the space heaters and throw blankets. The holidays will soon be here with winter following closely behind.
The seasons are a cycle caused by the tilt of the earth. As the earth revolves around the sun, the two poles find themselves closer and further away from the warmth of the sun.
Nature is cyclical all the way from the smallest electron revolving around a nucleus to the planets orbiting the sun. The positions will change from time to time...but it will eventually find itself back in its original place
Markets are also ever changing. The U.S. economy was in full-swing just a few years back. Unemployment was at historic lows as we considered importing workers from developing nations to fill the employment gap shrinking workforce and growing demand. The stock markets and housing sectors were raging. Disposable income was aplenty so we disposed of it in so many ways.
Today the U.S. economy (along with most of the western world) has finally slowed down to take a breather. It’s not dead...just resting a bit.
Now if you happen to be in Shanghai, Bangalore or Ho Chi Minh City you might have a different opinion as you might still be experiencing exploding growth (and the problems that the unchecked growth brings). One day those economies will also take a turn. That’s the way it works...
There are still people purchasing houses, new cars and toasters. There are companies still hiring employees (although at perhaps at a slower rate and at reduced wages). Our disposable income is less than it was. Our credit cards have been maxed out and now it’s time to work a little harder and much smarter to keep up.
Winter is like that...very little crops are brought in during this time...the weather is cold, wet and miserable...the days are short and the darkness seems to go on forever...but it’s also a time to sharpen the tools, learn new skills and spend time preparing for the coming of spring...
Spring will indeed come...it always does...that’s the course of nature
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