Why We Should be Thankful Everyday...Not Just on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is the one day a year when most people give thanks. But what about the other 365 days? Or 366 days if it's a leap year? Shouldn't we be thankful everyday, even for the most simplest things? The everyday things we take for granted are things that other people only dream of.
Water is the most basic life essential. To us it's not a big deal, we turn on the facet and there it comes. We can even control its temperature by turning the facet left or right. Even if we don't want to bother with drinking facet water, we can just buy bottled water and take it on the go. Unfortunately, life is not that simple for 780 million other people in the world who don't have access to clean drinking water according to foodandwaterwatch.org. So, if we have clean drinking water we are already better off then 780 million people in the world which is a really big deal and definitely something to be thankful for.
Food is another thing most people don't think twice about. For most of us, it's a matter of opening the refrigerator or cupboard and heating up our desired choice of food. If we have been too busy to make a trip to the grocery store, we have another option of either going out to a restaurant or ordering food to have delivered to our home. Overall, for most of us it's not really a big deal and we don't think about where our next meal is coming from. 805 million people in the world suffer from hunger and it is a big problem in their lives. This means that one in every nine people suffers from hunger according to wfp.org. Although most of the world's hungry live in third world countries, the United States is not exempt from this list. 49 million people in the United States are suffering from hunger. Food is essential for life and health, but for many people it's not an easy thing to obtain.
Do you have shelter, in the form of a house or apartment to live in? If you do, then you are better off then 200 million people in the world. The United States accounts for about 3.5 million homeless people. Having a warm place to live is a blessing, especially in the cold weather around the holidays. It's great to have a warm bed and heat to turn on when the weather gets especially cold. When it's summer, and the heat gets to be too much, it's great to have the option to go indoors and turn on the air conditioner. For many people, this is simply not a choice they have in their lives.
Water, food, and shelter are just three basic things that are necessary for human existence. We don't really think twice about them because most of us are so used to them that we take them for granted. But if we really start to think about our lives in a bigger sense we will realize that without these three essentials, most other things in our lives would lose meaning. For example, if you don't have a place to live, you don't really need to have stuff or buy stuff because you wouldn't have a place to keep it. If you didn't have food and water, you wouldn't care about anything else simply because you wouldn't have the energy and strength to survive. The three things of a blessed existence are the things most people overlook, yet their presence can mean the difference between life and death.
So, if you have water, food, and shelter everyday, then you already are pretty lucky. If you have other things like clothes, shoes, books, computers, and television, then you are really blessed! And don't forget other first world basics we couldn't live without like electricity, running water, telephones, and internet. If you live just one day without these things, the quality of your life would change dramatically. Usually, it takes one day of your internet not working to really appreciate it when it comes back on. Or if your cable malfunctions because of the storm, and you are left waiting a week for the cable man to come, then you start to appreciate all those days you had with 500 channels to watch.
So, the point is to be thankful everyday for all the things we have and remember that we are fortunate enough to have them because so many people do not. Don't wait for Thanksgiving to really be thankful for things that you should be thankful for everyday. Life is busy, but it's important to find time to really stop and think about it and what it means. Sometimes, that's all it takes to see things in perspective and realize what's important and what's not. So this Thanksgiving, continue the tradition of being thankful the same way you are every other day of the year!
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