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Temporary inconveniences, huge reminders of blessings

One day last week I had to get ready for work in the dark.
No, I wasn’t going in to the newsroom any earlier than usual. The electricity was out.
About 5:30 a.m. Thursday, I was awakened when everything shut off in our house in the Frenchtown area. Do you know how incredibly quiet it is at that hour when nothing is running? (I have a sleep machine as well as a ceiling fan on every night, so the stillness was almost chilling.)
I got out of bed and looked out the window to see if any neighbors’ outdoor security lights were on. Nothing. Pitch black.
So I went back to bed. Maybe the power would be back on soon, I thought.
After 90 minutes of lying there in bed, listening to nothing, I decided I was going to have to get ready for work by the waning moonlight, which was quite bright this particular morning. Not once did I try to flip anything on, but a few times I did resort to using a flashlight to find something.
While starting a new day in this unusual manner, I thought about the victims of the hurricanes in the Gulf states and the tornadoes that tore through our own state. Many Hoosiers and thousands of residents in Mississippi and Louisiana lost their homes and everything else they owned.
I, on the other hand, was being inconvenienced by a very temporary problem. Despite the fact that the temperature in our house was dropping (it was the first really cold morning this season), I still had a home.
It made me stop and say a word of thanks for everything I have. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in meetings and chores that I forget to do that.
During the past year, we have read and heard too much about others who have lost everything, through no fault of their own. It’s been an almost constant reminder that we never know when an act of nature will change our lives forever. I think that’s why there is such an outpouring of help ‘ through labor, material items and money ‘ when tragedies do strike, because we know it could have been us.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow or whenever your family might gather together, remember to give thanks for what you have and to give your loved ones, both family and friends, an extra hug. Take a moment to tell them what they mean to you.
And to you, our readers, thank you for bringing us into your home or place of employment each week. We hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday.