Happy Friday! How was your week? This week, millions of people in the U.S. and Canada, experienced the extreme weather conditions of the “Polar Vortex”. In fact, approximately 80% of the United States had below zero temperatures! Here in Minneapolis, we faced temperatures of -30 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chills as cold as -65 degrees…BRRR!! At first, as I began to prepare for this extreme weather, I felt sorry for myself and everyone else having to encounter this frozen blast. Then, after this initial thought passed, I adjusted my thinking to feelings of gratitude. I know this may sound strange… you might wonder why I would be grateful for dangerously cold weather.
My sense of gratitude did not come from the subzero temperatures, but actually started to penetrate my thoughts as I began my subzero temperature preparation. I realized: I have warm winter attire, a well-insulated home with working heat, a reliable vehicle to get me from point A to point B without worry that my car might break down. I became aware that most often I do not stop to be thankful for these things, but many times take them for granted. Many people do not have the same luxuries. This quote represents that very sentiment, “Be thankful for what you have; you have no idea how many people would love to have what you’ve got”.
So, as much as the cold weather was not ideal, I am intentionally and profoundly grateful to be fortunate to have comforts in my life that enabled me to make it through and allowed braving the chilly temperatures to be a better experience. Gratitude is small thing that makes a huge impact.
Luckily, mother nature has decided to reward us for surviving the cold with a warmer weekend ahead. Please experience it with a grateful heart. 😊
Have a great weekend. Take care. Be thankful each day for the gifts you have in your life😊.