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.