Thursday, September 3, 2009

What is a luxury?

You'll never miss the water, 'til the well runs dry.
- W.C. Handy

Are you grateful for the luxuries in your life?
Even if you've never seen it, you are probably aware of the CBS reality show Survivor--sixteen castaways sent to live on an island to duke it out and vote one another off for a million dollar prize. What is most striking about this concept is not the competition, but the absolute gratitude these people hold for things we take for granted everyday. The dirty, unpurified water they cling to for life is the same stuff we flush, wash, and cook with everyday without batting an eye. They covet and fight for food that we could easily pop in our microwaves or sit down at a restaurant to order. The very fact that you can read this at your computer signifies that you are one of the most wealthy, educated persons on the planet. Take a moment to think about the luxurious and privileged life you live. Give thanks for a whole body, everyday freedoms, your family, and all of the choices you have. Cherish what you have while you have it because you never know when your life could change.

How true this is.....think about not having a car and having to walk
everywhere you needed to go. Think about not having clothes to
cover up with or your clothes were really dirty and stinky and you
didn't have a way to wash them or dry them. Think about having
to take a bath in dirty water or cold water. Think about going to
bed at night hungry. And no TV to watch, or a book to read, or
the computer to write your blog on. Or what about not being able
to go to the dentist to have a rotting tooth pulled or to the doctor
for an antibiotic for that kidney infection you are suffering from.
We have so much to be thankful for but I think we take all of the
things we have for granted......What do you take for granted?

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