My mom’s philosophy, “Everything in life happens for a reason and should be a lesson that we learn from,” rings in my ears on a daily basis. The good, the bad, and the ugly are all important life lessons.
So it’s no surprise that while I watched the chaos and confusion that followed our snowstorm last week, I found myself whispering that same philosophy to myself ... what good can come from this mess? As it turns out, I think there’s much we can learn and apply to our personal lives.
In the past few days I’ve seen countless stories of the most precious, selfless acts; people sharing food, water, warm clothes, shelter...a scale of kindness we rarely see.
I saw thousands of people with the same common goal — to get to their children, wives, husbands, families and the safety of their home.
I didn’t see people rushing to the bank to withdraw their money so they could hold it in their hands; I didn’t see people grabbing their framed degrees off an office wall to clutch to their chests; I saw people desperately trying to get to the one thing that mattered most to them — family. And I saw people that forgot for a moment about status, age, race, and gave what they had to perfect strangers, just so that stranger had a small bit of comfort.
What if we treated every day like a snow day? What if we had that desire in our hearts, like we did on that frozen day, to rush home to our children, wives, husband and families, just simply because we love them and they are the most important thing in our lives?
What if we fed the people that are hungry, clothe those that are freezing and in need of warmth, open our homes to someone that’s fallen on hard times and just trying to get on their feet, share our bounties with someone less fortunate?
I think that we would all be a happier, gentler, more loving society if we treated every day like a snow day. I, for one, am going to add a snowFLAKE (Friendship, Love And Kindness Everywhere) to each and every day of my life.
God bless us all.