There’s a well known quote that I’m sure you’ve all heard, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.”
Every time that quote crosses my mind it reminds me of how fortunate I am, in so many areas of my life. This morning as I turned on the running water to brush my teeth, it hit me how unbelievably blessed I am (we are) to have water at our immediate disposal. Whenever we want it. These things that we take for granted are things that are truly miraculous on some level. Most of us don’t give a second thought to having access to water, both hot and cold, to shower in, bathe in, to wash our clothes and dishes in, to cook with and to drink. But these “little things,” these little conveniences, really aren't that little. They are actually huge things.
|How lucky are we?|
We forget that things like running water are luxuries that many people and countries don’t have. There are nearly a billion people around the world that do not have access to clean water. And to get it, women in these countries will walk over 3 miles a day to fill up their jugs, come home, only to make the same trek the next day! This chore that is usually designated to the females, has kept the women from working, kept the girls from being able to attend school, and as I'm sure you can imagine, the heavy loads that they carry on their heads, end up causing them severe neck and spine damage over time. All of this for water. Water, that we can have at any time, just by turning on the tap.
|The long trek for water|
When every thing we do requires water, from bathing to our actual survival, every single drop is precious. So, in honor of these women, of these people, the next time you turn on the faucet, think twice about letting it run. Think twice about how much we use and how we might want to try a little harder to conserve.
This is just one of those “little” big things. Little things are everywhere, they are all around us, we just need to pay closer attention, be grateful and give them the big recognition that they deserve.
P.S. ~ Thank you, Anabella Funk, for sharing your story with us, for all of your hard work and dedication to this cause. You are amazing <3