The last several days in the Northeast has been bone chillingly cold.
Yesterday it did not get above zero.
This morning when I woke up it was -6.
I am fortunate.
The heat was on in the house.
I slept under a down comforter.
I woke up and could make myself a cup of coffee and look out the window at the snow.
But, I am very much aware that many are not as fortunate as I am, and that what I take for granted – warmth, a cup of coffee, a safe place to sleep – are luxuries to far too many who live in sub-standard housing or have no housing at all.
I wish I had the answer.
As long as I am wishing, I wish I had a magic wand.
And, while there is always more I can do, the first step for me (and you?!) may be to not take the basic necessities (note the word) for granted. And, paying attention may be the first step towards actions and attitudes which begin to make a difference.