The weather outside is frightful! So much so that no one really wants to be out in it...although some folks still have to. If you were to ask me why, as an adult, I hate cold/snowy weather,  I would say it's because as an adult, you typically don't get snow days! For most, work must go on if they want to pay their bills.

Let's be honest, do you really want to be out in cold, snowy, or stormy weather? No! Yet, we still have those who brave the elements just to provide a service to you. Throughout college, I worked for a pizza restaurant that delivered. I can't tell you how many times I had to deliver in nasty weather because people didn't want to be outside. That's fine, it's part of the job. However, I still had times where I would drive all the way out to someone's house, with snow and ice on the roads and not get a tip or even a "Thank you"!

Tip your delivery drivers, especially when you order food in weather that you wouldn't want to be driving in. It's a good way to say "Thanks" and it's how most help pay their bills.

Then you have mail carriers. You know the motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

These folks are the real heroes here. They drive around with their windows down just to put your mail in the mail box. Or even worse, the ones who have to walk from door to door in the elements to deliver the mail. If your mail doesn't come on time, or the carrier doesn't get out of the vehicle to deliver your mail. I'm not sure if some people realize this or not, but mail carriers get hot and cold too! Be courteous and kind to these men and women who don't ask for anything from you in return. I always love seeing the stories where folks provide snacks, water, and hot chocolate to their mail carrier in certain weather conditions.

Construction workers who have to brave the elements, especially the cold, I don't know how you do it! Whether you're fixing a road or building a new facility, you are way braver than I am! It takes a lot, mentally and physically, to be able to work all day out in nasty weather. You guys (and gals) probably don't hear it enough, but thank you for the service you are providing so that we can drive

Another group of people who don't get the recognition they deserve, especially in winter weather that we are experiencing are our first responders. These men and women not only do their day to day job, but they go above and beyond the call of duty to help those in need. Here's a prime example. Indiana State Trooper Angermeier assisted a motorist by changing his flat tire with a wind chill of -19 degrees!

I can't thank the first responders enough for what they do for our community. Believe it or not, a simple "thank you" goes a long way. Be sure to thank a first responder whether it's nasty weather or not!

So, the moral of the story here is simple, be kind, courteous, and considerate to those who are out in the elements that you don't want to be out in. Kindness is something that is lacking in society nowadays, and it's time that we change that. So, next time that you get frustrated that your pizza or mail is five minutes late when there's snow and ice on the roadways, put yourself in their shoes. Their life is more important than your pepperoni pizza or the junk mail that you're just going to throw in the trash as soon as you see it.

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