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.
In my hometown and state, several individuals have died recently of exposure. Some have been homeless, others have fallen and not been found in time.
For this girl who shudders and can feel the pain of cold just by thinking of it, the thought of those who do not have what I have has been heavy on my heart. My work as a social worker has allowed me to always be aware of the populations who do not have. However, I believe that my focus upon realizing the abundance I possess has me viewing things differently.
In all honestly, I only wear a few of the same coats over and over each winter. Over the years, I have purchased because I needed a new color or liked the style. Many of these coats have been worn only a few times. They hang in our coat closet, and in the guest bedroom closet and there may be one in my bedroom closet. This is where I should note that I really don’t even like wearing coats.
As I am a fashion lover, my winter scarf collection is more varied than I care to admit. Long scarves, fashion scarves, scarves for warmth. Of course, if there were matching gloves, they were purchased too.
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?