Are you reading this in a warm house? Many of us take things for granted, including heat! We expect we will have it! As I sit here tonight, I am reminded to appreciate what I do have, and not what I don’t. That’s not as easy as it sounds, especially with my continuing journey trying to heal my arm, but that’s another story.
Tonight it is pretty cold outside. Way colder than it was in San Diego where I have been staying since July, but not as cold as it is in other parts of the country, or even other countries. Tonight I have heat. Others do not, and that is something many of us take for granted.
Recently I was on Facebook and just happened to go to a page that was talking about elders and babies that are in desperate need of heat (propane). I read about an auction that was set up, (Rockin the Rez) with donated items from members of another group, and every penny from the auction winner goes directly to a fund set-up to help pay for propane. Well, I had to check it out. It’s for people on the Pine Ridge Rez in South Dakota, which I already knew was pretty devoid of opportunities being in the middle of nowhere. Plus Winters there are brutal!
Everyone that knows me knows I love win-win situations. After finding, and liking Julia’s FB page, I bid on some earrings. I figured I had been blessed with help during this year, and this was a way I could give something back. I won one of the auctions, and will give the earrings to my oldest granddaughter. See, a win-win. Some money to the propane fund, and a beautiful gift for someone I love dearly.
The other good thing about finding this FB page was I found some new people that I didn’t know. Often we’re comfortable in our own routine, and don’t venture to new experiences, or think of others as much as ourselves. I am guilty of this for the past year, what with the death of my brother, mother, and then my own accident. It has been quite a challenging year, and I haven’t spent the time to nourish the relationships I had made online in the past. In fact many people I know have been struggling as well with one thing or another. But we can all give something…time, money, a kind word to someone that might really need it.
What I have learned is the things we take for granted can be taken away very easily. A death, an accident, medical problems, job loss, or maybe lack of heat in a harsh winter can change our lives in a second. It happens everyday.
Today….think of the things you have, and how it would feel if you lost them. The lesson I learned this year is never, ever, take anything for granted, whether it’s the use of 2 hands, or the life of those we love, or even the heat that is so easy to just turn on, because we can! Today I am grateful for so much, but none of it do I take for granted anymore!
If anyone wants to donate to the Rockin’ the Rez Propane Fund (every little bit helps) they have a Paypal address that makes it very simple: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or checks can be sent to:
Rockin’ the Rez
c/o Lakota Plains Propane
PO Box 1994
Pine Ridge, S.D. 57770
I will end this with a quote, a good one I found for this Post. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” by William James. I think that says it all!