Dear Friends of Full Access:
Before I headed to work this morning I spent time watching the gently falling snow and enjoying memories of my Montana roots. Much like our Central Oregon Service area, the snow does not interrupt life in Montana. It certainly does in Lane County!
In some precious moments of solitude I looked at our garden now covered in snow. We still are enjoying fresh onions, potatoes, squash and brussels sprouts from it. Although it is hard to imagine right now, this garden brings so much more during summer months. It is a good reminder to appreciate what we have.
I have thought often of homeless people this week. And those who cannot afford to turn the heat on to keep warm. And those who cannot get to work today and will lose wages that affect their stability. All of this happens while many of us, me included, have a roof over our heads, steady income, a warm home or office to work in. I think about how many of our clients become more isolated and maybe lonely today. One of my greatest concerns and biggest heartaches is regarding this.
As I drove into town I saw a young man who was standing next to his car that was in the ditch. I didn’t take a picture of that! But I did slow down to ask if he needed a ride. He was okay and calling someone to get help. I can only imagine the number of crashes happening on the road today and hope that all people are safe. It is lovely to see the snow, but it can also be dangerous.
It was fun to come into the office, sweep snow away (I couldn’t find a snow shovel!) and put de-icer around the walk areas. It reminded me of my chores growing up in Montana. I not only shoveled our sidewalks but also had two steady jobs earning a total of $2.50 for shoveling neighbors sidewalks! I loved that experience and still appreciate those memories.
With the beautiful snow today I also noticed the danger zones. There are the risks of driving and sliding into a ditch as I already saw. And there are the emergency response teams that are dealing with crashes and other accidents. We have construction workers a block away five stories high. I worry about them. I know they are under pressure to get their job done. They are in a risky business for sure!
With both the fun of the snow and the danger of the snow, I am left with a deep appreciation for so many blessings in my life. As this year is coming to a close I continue to feel so much gratitude. I don’t have to look far around me to see the bigger struggles, pains and challenges of the people I see each day. It’s an important thing to think about. I even read an article this week about gratitude. Just appreciating who we are and what we have lifts our spirits! And lifts the spirits of others who see our attitude of gratitude.
One of the things I appreciate from this year is writing a weekly blog. It was my New Year’s resolution and I know I will fulfill it. I had a lot of inspiration to do so. And of course, I had editing and posting help as well! For the remaining weeks of the year I plan to use the “best of 2013” blog posts. I have recommendations for which ones to post again. But I would also love to hear from any of you with your ideas! Just let me know what you would like to see again and I will be happy to repost the “winners”.
Be well in this holiday and winter season!