Our view: Worry less, be more thankful
Published 9:01 am Wednesday, December 7, 2016
It seems like every day is set aside for some cause and every month is proclaimed for some type of awareness.
There are more than 1,200 national days.
Did you know Dec. 1 is National Pie Day and National Eat A Red Apple Day? Dec. 2 is National Fritters Day and Special Education Day. Today is National Sock Day, National Cookie Day and National Dice Day.
Some of the causes and things we need to be aware of are sillier than others. But, Saturday was National Roof Over Your Day, and we think that’s just about as simple and important as it can get.
Typically, we think of November as a time to focus on thankfulness, but each year on Dec. 3, National Roof Over Your Head Day is observed across the U.S.
The day is focused on being thankful for what you have, especially the things we tend to take for granted, like the roof over our head.
Across the world and right here in our own corner of the world, there are many people who do not have the things we take for granted every day, the things necessary to live comfortably and make it day to day.
Our neighbors in Winchester, around Kentucky, throughout the U.S. and across the globe might not have a roof to keep the rain off their heads. They might not have walls to block the harsh wind or sturdy floors to keep out the cold and floods. Millions live without access to food or even clean water. Others lack access to basic health care. For those who do have the bare necessities, they might be insufficient. And many live in societies where they are oppressed, abused and even murdered for who they are and what they believe.
Though imperfect, in America, we boast access, freedoms and opportunities many could only dream of. And yet, still we have neighbors who go without.
We may have missed the official observance by a day, but we think National Roof Over Your Head Day is something we should recognize all year long.
Be thankful for what you have and worry less about what you don’t have. Remember those who have less and make a point to give to those who lack even the basic human needs — shelter, food and water.
The world would be a better place if we only all observed this holiday each and every day.