It Would Not Be the Same


Have you been considering our blogs for this week?  Have you thought about what you could do to help someone else? Remember, it does not have to be big or ostentatious. Quite often the small things in life bring the most joy.

I am looking into something which I think might help many people. I don’t want to go into it right now, yet I think I will be able to tell you more about it tomorrow or Monday. Today we have other things to talk about and consider.

We are looking at snow again for tonight and tomorrow. Last week I was talking to a young soldier from Jamaica. He was talking about how happy he was that winter was over and there would be no more snow. I was sad to tell him that where we live in the Colorado Rockies, spring snows are very prevalent. We do not even plant our gardens until Mother’s Day because of the snowfalls that occur with only a day or two warning.

The necessary action is to make sure everyone takes the weather forecast seriously. We have many homeless in our metropolitan area, and when it snows, they need to seek shelter. We help by distributing what winter clothing we can. We do this through many charities in our town. Yet a spring blizzard is nothing to ignore and not the time for false bravado. Situations such as this have to be taken seriously.

In a spring storm, it is easy for us to get 4 to 8 inches of wet snow, and up to 60 miles an hour winds, and sometimes even higher. During these situations sleeping in a tent or even a vehicle can be hazardous. The city does what it can and makes shelters available. And everyone gets involved.

Even the police and sheriff’s department seek out the homeless beforehand and encourage them to go to a shelter. Not everyone takes their advice, and some people are far worse off because of it. Yet those who do seek the advice and help are better off because of it.

Sometimes fear stands in the way. Sometimes it is caused by an embarrassment. Sometimes lack of proper medications stand in the way of a sound decision, and sometimes it is nothing more than choices made by overactive egos.

When you need to make a choice such as this, I urge you to choose safety. If you are afraid you will err, I urge you to err on the side of safety. Please remember, although the world changes daily, the world would never be the same without you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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