I was walking my french bulldog Escobar this morning, I shivered and thought to myself this is too cold! I thought about all the kids standing out waiting on their school buses, my friends and old co-workers at the University of Kentucky hospital who have a long walk in the mornings, and anyone else who had to walk their dog. I gave myself a quick reality check, I really have no idea what it is like to be truly cold. I have been cold by choice but never from lack of necessity. Most of us never know what it is like to be truly cold or hungry.
|Escobar and I, such a spoiled puppy|
The coldest I have ever been was running the Maysville Tough Mudder in October. My teeth chattered and I covered my hands in mud to keep them warm. There were others treated for hypothermia that day but we all made the choice to be there. When have you been cold that you didn’t have access to a blanket, adequate shoes, clothing, or heat? What about hunger? When was the last time you were truly hungry? I don’t mean stomach growling hungry, but instead when your stomach aches in pain from days without adequate food. There are children and families within your own community, state, our wonderful nation, and across the world that go without basic necessities.
|I was laughing in an attempt to keep from freezing following a dip in the arctic enema at the Tough Mudder|
I am as guilty as the next with having more than I need. I tend to focus on wants instead of true needs. There are shelters in need of lots of things that are laying around our homes. You can donate your old coats, shoes, and clothing to various local organizations that can distribute to those in need. They are often also in need of towels and bedding.
Clean out your pantry before things expire. While I was living in Bogota, Colombia, I got to see first hand what hunger looked like. People digging through the trash set out at night looking for food that wasn’t too spoiled to eat. The thought of wasting food while others went hungry truly sickened me. Few people have seen the heartbreak of looking out your window and watching someone plunder through rubbish looking for food. There is enough food in this world wasted that no one should ever go hungry.
There are so many organization on the local, national, and international level that focus on poverty. Recently an organization called RESULTS was brought to my attention. They focus on poverty within the home front and abroad. Food banks, shelters, and community centers are often a very good local start.
You might not be able to change the world but you could change someone else’s life. I hope todays post inspired a little good and made you rethink about ever complaining about being cold or hungry.