by: Sylvia Gonzalez ~
Ohio is vastly known for its unpredictable weather. This winter has been a mixture of icy roads, fifty degree days, and a lot of confusion amongst the sinuses.
Often, the winter creates a different world for each of us. Whether it affects you in a positive or negative way; we have one crucial task.
Bring the warmth.
Valentine’s Day is a great day to show someone how much they mean to you, but every other day is a great one as well.
Every living person has the ability to make a difference- just don’t be picky on what day that is.
This time of the year is difficult for many, seasonal depression is not uncommon. The lack of vitamin D and the stagnation of the cold affects a vast amount of people.
Romeo and Juliet did not care about the pain and fury they caused their opposing families. The snow and the ice do not care if your car does not start, they do not care if your nightstand is drowning in snotty tissues. The snow and the ice especially don’t care if you feel like Ralphie’s little brother in A Christmas Story- whose mother bundles him up to the point where he says, “I can’t put my arms down!”
I invite you to Pay It Forward this month. A dear family in the community lost their son to suicide last March. Since then, his mother has started the group, “PFFT” or “Pay it Forward for Taylor.” Taylor was an extremely selfless person, who was always giving. He was a true ray of sun amongst the ice in others. His mother, Ginny Schwartz, has created a Facebook page for others to share their stories of paying it forward; as well as cards that have PFFT on them. These cards can be passed along to those who are the recipient of a good deed. It can be as simple as paying for the car behind you in a drive thru, to donating to less fortunate.
This is a poem I have written as I hope to pay it forward to you, the reader, for wherever the cold and the ice find you this winter.
When was a day you believed in yourself?
That is a day to relive.
When your lightness is heavy and your darkness is light-
You carry so much you can give.
What a glorious sight to be seen-
When you exhale your doubt and realize,
You can pour out the sun and the stars…
No matter if it is day or night.
Do not underestimate your impact. You are full of as much promising, unpredictable potential as our Ohio weather. Mother nature underestimates the amount of snow and the ice we already have swirling around inside of us. Shine a light on it this winter.
Share your PFFT experience, read others experiences, or contact Ginny Schwartz for PFFT cards at https://www.facebook.com/groups/154451411616392/