Taking the essentials for granted

There are many things that we take for granted and don’t even notice anymore. In the UK and the developed world we are lucky to not have to think about some of the basic elements to life. When was the last time you thought about the joy of having hot running water available whenever you want or need it? Do you recognise how lucky you are to have food in the cupboard or fridge?

We have had a boiler problem for the last two days and are waiting for it to be fixed. It has meant relying on my lovely mum and dad to let me get showered in the morning. Suddenly having hot running water has become a luxury and without it my life is changing. I have extra things to worry about and consider, but for me (hopefully) this is only going to be a short term problem.

For many living without hot running water, or even any running water, and shelter from the elements, and food is the reality of daily life. I have been shocked and upset by the reports from Aleppo about the horrors of life and how much people have come to accept living without.

We have so much to be grateful for. We have so much to stop and actually recognise. Just think about things tomorrow morning from the time you get up and step out of bed. How lucky are we to have a warm cosy bed to step out of. How lucky are we to be able to wash with hot running water. How lucky are we to be able to flick a switch and put the kettle on. How lucky are we to have food and drink available whenever we want them. How lucky are we to be able to step out of the house and get into a car. How lucky are we to go to work.

The answer is very lucky. The past couple of days have been a reminder of what I take for granted but should be grateful for on a daily basis. Perhaps we should all take some time to recognise the little things to us that we have that are big things to many.

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