Winter is upon us! The cold winds are blowing; there is ice and snow on the roadways. School delays and closings are already happening in nearby counties. It’s that time of the year, and to me it’s seems to have hit sooner than the last few years.
On Friday I left work and walked toward the parking lot where my snow and ice covered van was waiting, my heart sank. My hands and feet were already cold and the thought of cleaning the car was not a welcoming thought after a long day at work. I was tired and just anxious to be home. But, as I started my car and proceeded to clear the ice and snow I was joined by a co- worker, together we cleared my car, and then we continued on to help another associate and each person joined in to see who they could assist. Before I knew it, most of the cars in the parking lot had been cleared and ready for their drivers when they arrived. I found my spirit uplifted and a smile back on my face. I have encountered this sight on more than one occasion. Last winter, another associate and I were stranded in the parking lot. She called to alert other coworkers so that they knew what to expect when they came out to head for home. When one associate heard that we were stuck he came to our rescue by helping us shovel our vehicles out.
Kindness is powerful. It is contagious and can spread quickly. Kind deeds have a chain reaction effect.
A reminder when traveling, even for short trips, be prepared. Make sure to pack an emergency bag to leave in your vehicle in case you are out on the roadways and you get stranded. If you have a cell phone, make sure that it is fully charged and with you. A few items to include are warm blankets, extra gloves, water, snacks, shovel and kitty litter for traction. Extra clothing is also a good idea.
Take care when driving, leave early and allow extra time for traveling. Drive according to the road conditions and don’t allow yourself to be intimated to drive faster than you comfortable and that you feel is safe. Take the same route daily and let your family and friends know which route you plan to be taking this winter. Be safe!
Mark your Calendars for these Events in December:
• 12/12: Christmas in the City
• 12/14: Annual Chamber of Commerce Take Out Chicken Fundraiser (tickets available 11/13)
• 12/14: Community Christmas is presenting a Children’s Christmas program featuring a magician at 1:30 pm at Hoosier Place Apartments in Union City, Ind. Free to public.
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Essential Kahlil Gibran
Victoria Horsley is a volunteer citizen columnist who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Union City News Reel. She can be contacted with local events, news, birthdays or anniversaries at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 937-467-3945. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.