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You'll Never Miss the Water 'Til the Well Runs Dry – W.C. Handy

You’ll Never Miss the Water ‘Til the Well Runs Dry – W.C. Handy

In a literal sense, this quote rings true for those of us fortunate enough to live in a 1st world country.  The vast majority enjoy the availability of clean running water, food, heat, electricity.  These “necessities” are often overlooked as inevitabilities, but they are anything but.  The items we often take for granted on a daily basis are considered luxuries for billions around the world, who for now, can only dream of one day enjoying.  

Often we come to assume a situation, relationship, possession, or luxury will always be present.  The truth is that everything in life is fleeting.  It’s one of the great challenges of life – learning to appreciate the things and people you have in your life before their gone.  Nothing lasts forever, we inherently all know this truth, yet engaged in our busy daily activities, it’s easy to go long periods without reflecting on and showing our appreciation for those people or small things that help fulfill our life.

So whether you find yourself today in a season of progress, stagnation or regression, take a moment to pause and reflect on the well-springs in your life that you might be overlooking or underappreciating.  Reach out to that friend or loved one and let them know how much you care. Savor that next glass of clean fresh water or the warmth of a hot shower.  Appreciate your access to the internet, and the almost unlimited wealth of knowledge available to you from only a few strokes on your keyboard.  Marvel at how with a flip of a switch you can bring light to a dark room or hours of entertainment with television.  At bedtime, appreciate and enjoy the luxury of a soft bed, comfortable sheets, and a feathery pillow.

In the struggles and hard times of life, force yourself to step back and find perspective – rediscover that spirit of gratitude for the things you have been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy. They are there for all of us – let us not wait till the well runs dry to understand the impact and fulfillment they bring to our life.

You’ll Never Miss the Water ‘Til the Well Runs Dry – W.C. Handy
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  1. Great post! I remember how I went without internet for 2 months this winter. At first, I was very indignant and so put off. But I quickly realized that it was a luxury that I’d taken for granted! Of course, I survived without it and what’s more, it helped me pay more attention to the other “luxuries” I’d been ignoring.

  2. Great post. I went without a TV, cable, or internet for the 6 years I was in college. No one understood how I could do it but, to be honest it didn’t bother me at all. Now I’m going to be joining the Peace Corps and won’t have all of the luxuries that I am used to. Right now I’m just enjoying everything that I can for as long as I can because I know when I leave in September I’m going to realize how lucky I really have it.

  3. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of living in the NOW, and to appreciate all that we have and have lost. Because I can guarantee you that someone, somewhere is definitely less fortunate than you are. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS!!! ;o)

  4. Great post! We truly overlook the actual necessities and “luxuries” we are afforded.


  5. “The most important prayer in the world is just two words long: ‘Thank you.'” — Meister Eckart

  6. Very nice and beautiful message.

  7. Well said, thank you for such an important reminder

  8. This is beautiful!! Thank you for the reminder 🙂

  9. This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

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