Friday, June 13, 2014

Messenger: #FiveMinuteFriday

It came to me like a whisper. The water seeping up through my floor. It would lead to three days of moderation. Of "ok, you've got fifteen minutes max to shower, flush toilets, fill water pitchers, brush teeth, and whatever else requires water."

I could have seen it as just an incovenicence. It still is. With the bathroom mirror in my living room, a hole in the floor and wall, a vanity removed and no working sink.

But that water swept into my life with a wave of grattitude. After years of seeing commercials and short films of mamas walking for miles to a well, or babies dying for want of water, I needed to be inconvenienced myself to understand.

To appreciate how nearly every hour I refill my bottle with cold, clean water. How I can wash and clean and water at my will. I have so much to be grateful for.

And like most Americans who should live in a sense of constant grattitude and celebratoion, I am ungrateful.

Until a messenger came to snap me out of my bubble via a leak in my bathroom floor.

Five Minute Friday

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  1. Good stuff here. Have you ever looked at the hashtag FirstWorldProblems? We say it as a joke, but it's incredible how we forget what a privilege it is to have plenty of water and a safe place to sleep. Keep it up! :)

  2. Yes, I have. I totally agree that #FirstWorldProblems has become cliché' but indeed the things we accept as "normal" aren't for most of the world.

  3. I faced this when I moved to Africa and spent 2.5 years living without running water. Gratitude? Oh how I learned about it! A shower at a lodge in the a miracle after months of bucket baths! ;) But even now, back in the US, I'm incredibly grateful for the luxuries that we First World citizens tend to view as necessities.

  4. Jen, what a unique perspective you've been blessed with. I'm really thankful whenever God gives me the opportunity to be grateful for things I take for granted.