As I look out across this winter wonderland, it has become somewhat surreal. We are not viewing a movie. This is real-time Chicago that is being held in the grips of Old Man Winter.
We are reminded of our dependency on both our infrastructure and our utility companies. We realize how co-dependent we are as we lean on each other for comfort and reassurance. Yes, we are fragile and dire circumstances reawaken us to that fact.
We know from our history lessons that Rome was not built in a day but once it was built, it all eventually came to a crashing halt. So, it would behoove us to cling tight and hold on to our faith as we ration out our resources and look out for our neighbors.
We should take nothing and no one for granted because we see how quickly it all can float away like debris down a river. Perhaps we are being nudged to go back to basics. We must scale down, get rid of some of the fluff in both possessions and in arrogant, haughty attitudes. Over time, none of it will count as a little more than a hill of beans.
We should reapply The Golden Rule and truly do unto others as we would have them do unto us. If we can reign ourselves in, cut back on the unnecessary things and treat others well, then we can unfreeze our hearts. We can come out on the other side and look forward to a budding spring encased with a warmer heart.
Lynn M. February 2, 2019