Beth Siegalkoff

It is important that you think before you act today. Why, you ask? Because today is Use Your Common Sense Day. You can’t use common sense if you act without thinking. It only stands to reason that a little common sense can avoid many problems and disasters.

There is a long history of failures and disasters because people simply failed to use common sense, failed to think before they spoke or acted.

Have you ever seen someone charge into a situation, acting like the proverbial “bull in a china shop”? With a little common sense, this would not happen.

That leads us to the old saying, “You can lead a thirsty horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” (another example of common sense, or lack thereof).

I think common sense comes with maturity for most people. Young people, for example, may make some rash decisions lacking in judgment and then all of sudden they “see the light” and common sense prevails.

Bud Bilanich, a career mentor focusing upon being the “common sense guy”, is credited with creating this day. Bilanich selected this day, as it is Will Rogers’ birthday. A famous saying of Will Rogers was, “Common sense ain’t that common,” – isn’t that the truth!?

Did you know that Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet called Common Sense in 1776? In it, he drew out the need for independence of the 13 British colonies in North America from Britain. The pamphlet is thought to have inspired the America Revolution.

It is so easy to celebrate and participate in Use your Common Sense Day. All you have to do is stop for a moment and use common sense before proceeding with whatever you are going to say or do. It’s as easy as that.

Did you see the “Full Harvest Moon” last Saturday? It was awesome. No wonder they wrote a song about it. It was a blue moon, too (second full moon in one month). Blue moons don’t happen often so it’s a pretty big deal. The next Blue moon is Aug, 31, 2023.

Halloween is over, the elections are behind us, and Thanksgiving is in 22 days. The television and newspaper ads have been touting sales and ads for everything from the newest kitchen gadgets to must-have toys for the year. The Christmas movies are airing on several television channels, and Christmas music will be playing on the radio stations before we know it, all because there are only 51 shopping days until Christmas. That’s correct; in less than two months, we will be celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth. Don’t let negative thoughts of the pandemic steal your celebrations; use your common sense to make Thanksgiving and Christmas the best memory of this tumultuous year.

Recipe for the day – Rum Bundt Cake; Flower of the day – Camellia

Dates to remember:

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Nov. 23 – 27 – Thanksgiving Vacation – no school for the kiddos

Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving

Nov. 30 – Full moon

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.