Erik’s Editorial Corner

erik_barnshawThere is no way I could write an article this month and not talk about the recent blizzard. The bigger question is what to say about something that is so equally beautiful and humbling. The winter weather tends to drive us all inside, where we hibernate from our communities a little bit. Then a big snow event comes along and we find so many people outside – playing, shoveling, or just staring at the big snow drifts and trying to figure out how they’re going to get their car out of the driveway.

In a way, I see these storms actually bringing our communities closer together. It gives us an opportunity to show our true colors when it comes to helping a friend. But that goes both ways! I love seeing someone shovel the driveway for an elderly neighbor who isn’t able to do it themselves. I think it’s important to help those who need and appreciate the help. But I get very frustrated when I hear stories of someone who owns a snowblower or a plow, and the people around them begin to just expect their driveways to be cleared by this person. I feel like sometimes people take advantage of another person’s kindness in these situations.

One perspective is that this individual has more, so why can’t they give some of what they have to those who don’t have as much? The other side to that argument is this person worked very hard to earn what they have and they are being rewarded with the expectation to work even harder and do everyone else’s work too.

Regardless of which point of view resonates with you (or if you find yourself somewhere in between the two), I encourage you to find your connection to your neighbors and your community when the weather takes a turn. Help if you are able to assist someone in need and be appreciative of the help if you are the person on the receiving end. We can let Mother Nature give us a lesson in grace – how to be generous in our giving and grateful in our receiving.

Thanks for your business and make it a great day!

Warm Regards,


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