Appreciate what we have…

We got a few inches of snow overnight, so I decided I’d spend another day indoors to get some things done around the house.

Our drier was broken when I first got here in January, so I got pretty creative with some rope and clothespins around my room to dry my laundry. It felt good to be challenged in this sort of way—to stop and think about how much I always took a drier for granted…

I became really mindful of wearing outfits multiple times so I could do laundry less frequently, and got by just fine…

Then our drier was fixed about two weeks ago, and I again took it for granted. This morning I washed a load of clothes and began to wash all of my bedsheets—only this time when I turned the drier on, no heat was being produced. I spent most of the afternoon turning the drier on through multiple cycles in hopes that it would dry my clothes, and ended up using my makeshift clothesline in my closet once more. The only problem is, my sheets are still soaked and I have nothing on my bed to sleep on tonight but a quilt!

It’s funny how much we really do take things for granted in our daily lives. We expect immediate results and everything to work properly all the time…

It reminds me of when I was in Ghana on Semester at Sea. We arrived in the port of Takoradi, and found that they did not have any water we could hook up to while we were there for 6 days. At the same time, one of the two water tanks on the ship had a broken filter. So that was that, and we had to stretch out what was left of the water we had until until we could resupply. To have a limited amount water source—while traveling in a foreign country—wasn’t the greatest situation.

We were forced to use the water sparingly, and could only shower at a certain two-hour block each day. If you weren’t on the ship then, you missed out. At first, I can remember being a little flustered with the situation…

But people have it much worse, right?

Absolutely.

In fact, while many complained there were only one or two hours of the day the water was turned on, I turned my perspective around and thought it was fantastic. What an incredible opportunity to experience the reality that not everyone has easy access to water—or safe drinking water at that… Not everyone can shower each day, or get water from a faucet whenever they please. To experience something firsthand is the greatest way to learn, and I am thankful we were able to live and experience a limited supply of water.

And I’m thankful to be able to experience the inconvenience of hanging my sheets to dry over my door and to have nothing but a small quilt to sleep on tonight.

After all, there are people who have it much, much worse than this…

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