This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.
It seems a silly thing to be thankful for seat warmers, but during this nationwide cold snap, a little comfort and convenience are certainly appreciated. Too often we take these sorts of things for granted. We are not content with simply knocking out the chill, we have to crank up the heat until we are virtually sweating inside our vehicles while, outside, it is literally freezing.
I can tell you that I, for one, do not take this sort of comfort lightly. I remember my time in the U.S. Army all too well. I remember training all night in sub-freezing temperatures, doing jumping jacks just to keep warm. It was so cold that the water-activated chemicals that we used to warm our MRE’s actually froze! I also remember the other extreme. Iraq was so hot that the buildings retained the heat from the relentless sun long into the the night. The only comfort was found in air conditioning units that fanned water droplets across a very small area.
Years later, I am thankful for the simple comfort that I find at home (or in my van), but I try to make it a point not to take any of it for granted.
Throughout November, I’ll be posting about those things for which I am most thankful this year. Look for more of my Giving Thanks series all month long.
What are you giving thanks for this year? Leave a comment and share your story!