Be a Mentor?

When we hear this word, it usually sparks the idea of volunteering to help young kids who need it.  Whether it is emotional, spiritual, physical, or torturing, there are a lot of kids and adults out there who are struggling.  They find it hard to stop the feeling of  drowning in life’s issues.  Being a mentor can be a great benefit to just about anyone – age is not a determining factor.  I know a lot of adults who could benefit from having a mentor in their life.  Sometimes you lean on a parent or other family member,  but sometimes it is good to have a more objective person who will tell you the things you need to hear that you may not be ready to face.

There are a number of great organizations that are already in place such as the Boys and Girls Club of America   and Big Brothers Big Sisters – These are just two of many places that are a great starting point if you are interested in giving back to the community.  When you visit their sites you can explore the other connections they have.  Also, do not forget about your local seniors.  A lot of nursing homes welcome volunteers to read, spend time with them or initiate crafts.  There is a lot to learn from the elderly community, and a lot of them barely get visits from their own family.  You could be the reason they feel vibrant again.

What about those 20-somethings you know who are trying to start their adult life?  How about those 30-somethings who may have to start over?  The 40-somethings who have put off life and are rushing to begin again?  The 50-somethings who are finding love again in various new areas of their life?  The 60-somethings who are fighting the big R word (retirement)?  The 70-somethings who have finally found peace?  And the 80-somethings who have realized that living is the best part of life that gets lost over the years?  There are so many facets of life that we often struggle with and feel alone in even among the closest of friends.  It can be hard to ask for help but it can be the most rewarding, even life changing in some instances.

I invite you to consider something.  When we put our own swords down, it is then we realize the weight we were carrying.  When you are busy helping others through their struggles, you realize how to prioritize your own things.  This is not to say we should ignore ourselves,  but sometimes we often get too buried in our own crises that we don’t see how to crawl our way out.  It causes a shield of ignorance.  I feel that helping and inspiring others to make the most of what life has to offer gives me purpose.  I feel that the more we band together, the better we all will be in the long run.

If you know someone who need something, reach out to them.  It could be someone to vent to, someone in need of career advice or what kind of flowers are right for their wedding.  Don’t place limits on things that don’t require one.

Help others.  Encourage others.  Love others.

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Winter?

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That’s my backyard and the “coating” of snow my area was supposed to get yesterday.  While I respect the science behind tracking weather patterns, TV weather people are a joke.  I was also astonished at the amount of people who were trying to drive during the worst part of the storm.   How do they expect the roads to be salted and plowed if everyone is stuck on it?  The logic in my area is just amazing really.

The important thing to take away from this is hopefully no one you know was seriously injured and we are all safe and sound.  With the Winter weather season creeping up on us, it is important to take stock of your tools and materials in your home.  Do you have enough of the proper salt for your drive way and walk ways?  Do you have the right shovel even?

The right kind of salt?  Yep.  Be sure to check it’s the proper salt for your needs and is pet friendly and child friendly in case either accidentally ingest it while out playing in the snow.  A lot of stores carry this item too, so no worries that you have to ask a genie for it to appear.

The right kind of shovel?  Yep.  It is better to have a plastic shovel with a metal strip on the edge to break up any ice and snow.  The plastic doesn’t get cold enough for the snow to stick to, unlike metal shovels where the snow will stick and render it useless with one try.

I would also suggest if it’s in the budget to get a snowmobile.  They get the hard work done in minutes so you won’t have to kill your back trying to move all the snow.  They are totally worth it.

Food?  Try to buy food that can be cut up and frozen to make for a later meal or something canned that can be heated up quickly in case you lose power.  I have an electric stove but do have a grill outside that is propane and a smaller grill that uses charcoal just in case during this time of year.  You can never be too prepared.

Lastly, the important humanitarian side of winter:  Please check on your neighbors, especially if they are disabled or elderly.  Shovel off their walk ways or ask if they are warm enough and have enough to eat.  Nothing irritates me more is hearing on the news that someone died due to the weather and it could have been prevented if just one of their neighbors bothered to check.

It takes only a moment to say, “hey, are you okay?”

Offer to go grocery shopping for them or when you are making a meal, make extra and bring some over.  If we start working together, it will make a huge difference this winter season and inspire to continue through the new year.

Stay safe out there, drive slow and care deeply.  Let’s all enjoy how beautiful the snow is this season!