Taken For Granted
My first thought upon waking up this morning was how much we take for granted.
- When we go to sleep every night, we take for granted that we’ll wake up the next morning… but not everyone does. (151,693 people die daily!)
- When we open the tap to wash our faces or brush our teeth, we take for granted that clean water will flow from it… but not everyone does. (1 BILLION people do not have safe water to drink!)
- When we’re hungry and open the fridge or cupboard to get a snack or meal, we take for granted that we’ll find something in it to eat… but not everyone does. (24,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger-related causes!)
The list goes on and on.
- 2,500 children die of heart birth defects.
- 100 million people are homeless.
- Less than one-half of the world’s children go to secondary school.
All of this leads to 2 points I want to make.
1. What if we woke up every morning feeling grateful for all the things we have – that until now, we have taken for granted?
2. What if, just once every YEAR, we thought about those who do not have the things we have taken for granted?
Or maybe once a month?