I am not a winter person! Cold weather is not my friend and the thought of snow (and more often ice here in Kentucky) makes me shudder. To say the least, this is a time of year that can be a struggle if I don’t practice self care. As our winter weather officially arrived this week with a low on Monday morning of 4 degrees, I found myself not complaining as much as I have in the past. After writing the post, More Things Than I Need in November, I continue to be aware of how fortunate I am. As our weather continues to be frigid with a possible 5 inches of snow arriving, my mind has been on those who are not as fortunate.
- I have never had to worry about not having heat in my home. Never have I had to worry about a home with poor insulation or been fearful the utility bill could not be paid.
- My closet has always included a variety of coats with matching scarves and gloves. I own clothing that can be worn in layers.
So I have been thinking of those in my city who have only one coat, or lost one of their gloves. There are people in my city who don’t have the fortune to have the warmth that I have. I came home tonight and started going through my collection of scarves. My collection includes sets that I haven’t worn in 5 years yet I found myself thinking “I might wear this again someday.” I am not proud that I even had that thought. If I haven’t worn it in that amount of time, I will not be wearing it.
I will be donating many of my scarves and coats so that someone will have warmth that may not have it. If you are like me and have more warmth in regards to coats and scarves, I encourage you to contact your local homeless shelter, the Salvation Army or even the Family Resource Center at a local school and ask if you can make your own donation.
Do you have more warmth than you need?