Well today I have to admit something that is quite embarrassing, but expresses how truly grateful I am. My electric was shut off at my house today. Now, this is truly my fault, for there was a payment error made (on my part) during the month. (I know, shocking, coming from an accountant). But I must have paid the wrong vendor through on-line bill payment. I did not get the shutoff notice, and will probably have some huge outstanding credit with a vendor during the month. I just happen to notice (by chance during the day) that my electric was shut off.
Now this is so embarrassing, but at the same time it opened my eyes on how truly grateful and blessed that I am. Now getting power re-established did take some time, some extra money, and some added and unwelcome stressed, but I realized that I was able to pay for this much wanted luxury. I realized that on one of the coldest days this season, that I live in comfort, when so many people do not. Heat in my house is amazing (for I hate cold weather), and I am so very grateful that I can afford it. I am truly grateful for this blessing (that I daily take for granted).
This winter, let’s take the time to help “spark” some warmth in other people’s lives. Let’s take the time to investigate how to help. My electric company has something called KU Wintercare, which allows others to contribute to those who are struggling paying their electric bill during this time of year. A church in my community is taking up donations for coats, gloves and socks for those without a home, who reside in the cold. At least offer a hot cup of coffee to those who are working hard or being taxed by the winter months. Take the time to warm others physically and “spark” some warmth in their hearts.
Please share your ideas and stories in helping others during these cold months. Together we can help each other stay warm! And be grateful for our own luxuries!
Daily Vitamin C: Take time to “spark” warmth in others!