With the wild weather in Portland (and from what I’ve heard, throughout much of the US) I’ve been reading a lot of blog and Facebook posts grumbling about the snow. Come on, guys! You are part of a historical weather event. Years from now you’ll brag about this snowstorm.
So what, you say? Okay, let me put things into perspective for you.
Are you stranded at the airport? I didn’t think so.
Do you have power? There are 50,000 PGE customers who don’t.
Do you have heat? My friend Mary’s furnace went out last week. I don’t know if it’s been repaired yet. Another friend, Elisabeth, has neither power nor heat and can’t get up her long, steep driveway to go somewhere warm.
Do you have a house to stay in? Lots of homeless people are out in this mess.
Are you required to go to work regardless of how much snow is on the ground? My friend Karen is a 911 dispatcher and going to work is mandatory for her. She lives out in the sticks, so she’s been staying with a friend in town and taking the bus. Yesterday she saw a tire on the bus ahead of her catch fire and she was just glad it wasn’t her bus. She grew up in the tropics and she hates this weather, but every day she adds to her Grateful List Project and posts it to Facebook. Kudos to you, Karen!
Here are some things I’m grateful for:
I’d like to close this post with some words of wisdom sent to me and others in my writing group by my friend Linda: “May all the plans you had which have been upset be replaced by even better, spur of the moment, serendipitous events. Enjoy the moments.”