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Watever! – Don’t Know What We Got Till It’s Gone

“If you extend your hand to help another, not for any agenda, but for the sake of humanity, you are going to find the truth.”

― Erin Brockovich

A couple of weeks ago I got out of bed, prepared breakfast and jumped in the shower.

I expected to be embraced by a flow of warm water, but was instead greeted by a lukewarm handshake.

As I shivered out of the shower I felt like I’d been wronged somehow. Like my morning had been ruined by this relatively minor inconvenience.

Later that afternoon the water was back to normal and the following day I got a message that the heater had been on the fritz. They’d gotten something repairmen on it and it would be serviced properly the following week.

So, the following Tuesday I got up to make some breakfast and the water had been turned off. This did not bode well.

I went to the store and got myself some bottled water to last the rest of the day. Now, I don’t usually think about water but for the entire day I couldn’t think about anything else.

Feeling constantly thirsty, I also thought about all the small things I couldn’t do. Flushing the toilet, doing the dishes, taking a shower, etc.

WaterfallPffft! Ye, wat(ev)er!

These two incidents made up less than a full day. Yet, somehow it felt like it seriously impacted my day. Had the situation been “desperate” I could’ve simply gone to the next house and asked to borrow their bathroom or shower.

Meanwhile in some parts of the world people don’t have access to clean water and have to travel great distances to get a hold of it.

Now, this was a miniscule thing. Not even a full day without running water over the course of the past 5 years and here I was halfway across the world watching reports from Flint, Michigan feeling like “Yeah, I can totes relate!”

Flint Water Hospital - VirginiaTechShut up. No, you couldn’t. Credit: Virginia Tech Research Team

But what I could do is to have tremendous appreciation and gratitude for the fact that I’m truly blessed for the things I have.

Pretty soon I’m probably going to revert back to taking water for granted and I do think there may be advantages to it.

When we have these things and hear of people and places that don’t, it can give us the opportunity to do something to make sure that more people enjoy the same standard of living as we do.

What’s one thing in your life that you take for granted? How often do you take time to show gratitude towards the things that you have?

Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!

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