Running Around: A little perspective goes a long way this holiday season
I was just complaining to my husband the other day about all my aches and pains, the two pounds I gained, how I spilled iced coffee onto my car seat, which then transferred to the seat of my dress pants, my cooking, my messed-up haircut, how my computer crashed and I lost five years worth of files and all the other annoying things that seem to continuously happen to me over the course of my days.
After he tried to console me, I realized that my little problems and mishaps are nothing compared to what others are going through.
Some people have lost their homes and possessions after Superstorm Sandy.
Some have lost their jobs and struggle to put food on the table. Some suffer from cancer and don't have much time left. I'm sure they would love to switch places with me.
It's all about that very old and overused expression, “Count your blessings.” I have a roof over my head. I have food to eat and clothes to wear. I have a wonderful husband and daughter. I have a job. I'm healthy.
That's a lot to be thankful for.
When I started to think of all those things, it made me want to share my blessings with others, especially now during the holiday season.
So, while my daughter and I were shopping, we picked up a toy that my husband will take to work and donate to Toys for Tots and some other items to help a family in need. And, like many others, my husband and I donated online to the American Red Cross to help Superstorm Sandy victims.
There also are other countless ways to help.
Pressley Ridge — an organization in the Pittsburgh area that focuses on keeping children and families together so that youths with challenging behaviors can remain in their homes, schools and communities — is collecting winter coats, hats and mittens for students.
Local churches also always have plenty of programs, collections and activities for those in need, and people also can select an ornament from a Union Aid Christmas tree placed at various locations throughout the Village to buy a gift card for a family in need.
Finding a way to help isn't hard, and it doesn't have to involve a lot of time or expense.
It could be just a small gesture but still a way for us to share our blessings so that a lot more people also will be able to count theirs.
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Water Works Road in Sewickley closed for months
- Nice play, Pirates — on and off the field
- Developer makes $1,724,000 deal for downtown Sewickley properties
- Garden club takes part in Sisters of St. Joseph effort to help feed hungry
- Get cooking on organizing that kitchen
- Quaker Valley Families await word of kindergarten location
- ‘Crazy’ competition pushes limits of Sewickley athletes
- Sewickley council makes bike route recommendation
- New Edgeworth principal brings experience, passion
- ‘Banshee’ crew visits Sewickley
- Case of razed Sewickley home continues in court