by Lisa Bicknell
Admittedly, there are frustrations to this job. Printing dates roll around quickly, and we have to throw content on the page in a hurry.
I sometimes make mistakes, and that bothers me.
However, I attended a meeting last week that put typos and such trivialities in proper perspective.
I left the warm comfort of my home to attend the first public meeting about organizing a homeless/domestic abuse shelter here.
The comfort of my home was particularly noticeable that night because it was so daggone cold outside.
But duty called, and I went to cover the meeting in the courthouse, where several speakers spoke about the need present in this community.
I was reminded that there are many folks who don’t have a warm comfortable home from which to come and go.
For those of us who have always had a place to call home, this fundamental need is hard to imagine. That doesn’t make it any less real for those who don’t.
Many of us make a special effort to be mindful of our blessings during this time of year, and that’s all well and good. We should practice an attitude of gratitude.
But if our attitude is one of “thank God I’m not in that fix,” maybe we ought to re-visit it and consider how we can help the less fortunate.
After all, as someone pointed out during the meeting, to whom much is given, much is required.
I hope the community can pull together to create a shelter, not only for domestic abuse victims, but a place where people down on their luck can get back on their feet, or possibly, find their footing for the first time.
It will take hard work, and sacrifice. All the warm fuzzy feelings of being a do-gooder will likely soon wear off, and while the work will be rewarding at times, it will probably just seem like work the rest of the time.
The realities of substance abuse, poverty, and intimate partner violence aren’t pretty.
But I guess the only way to improve things is to tackle the problems head on. We have to keep in mind any of us could need help ourselves some day.
I know there will be hurdles to overcome, but I have no doubt that this community has the heart to take care of it’s own.
So let’s do it.