I woke up much too early again this morning, but, in an interesting twist, it was positive because I could make my tea before we were without power.
Once there was no electricity, the heating pad couldn’t be turned on to help with the arm I hurt (unintentionally, of course); I didn’t throw my daily load of laundry in the washing machine, take a hot shower or turn on the coffee pot.
We take so much for granted, don’t we?
It was eerily quiet save for the birds, which I’m sure knew something was up. It’s 54 degrees outside, and I’m writing this on my iPad because my Mac requires electricity to “wake up” and say, “Good morning Kay, have a lovely day.” (It doesn’t really shout that, but wouldn’t that be cool?)
So many of the human inhabitants of the spinning globe we reside on don’t have electricity at their fingertips: lights that turn on and off at command, machines that wash clothes and dishes, or a dry-cleaning service that wraps everything up tidily on hangers or in plastic packaging that’s often thrown into the abhorrently massive pile of our human wastefulness. Most of the world’s population also can’t employ people to clean their homes, tend to their property, or deliver their groceries (if/when they have the resources to buy food).
Sitting here in the haziness of today’s dreariness (not only because of being literally power-less but also because of the weather), I can feel the temperature in the house dropping. And, for the second time in five minutes, I must again remind myself of what I have.
Assumption is a slippery slope. We, who have food, heat, shelter, and fellow humans to walk beside us, are incredibly blessed.
Losing electricity can be frustrating, and, sure, I could lift up the garage door, drive out, pull the door back down, and go buy a cup of hot coffee, but why? (Just writing “I could lift up the garage door, drive out,” smacks of entitlement.)
Wars are being waged right now.
Evil and hate are real.
People are dying because they don’t have clean water or anything to eat, while others throw food away because they over-bought. As our globe spins faster than we can perceive, we must stop and thoughtfully consider what truly matters.
I hear chainsaws outside. Maybe it was a felled tree that took down our power. Perhaps, it was simply “meant to be”; a time to re-evaluate, remember, and show gratitude for all that’s taken for granted.
It’s almost noon. The lights flashed back on. I’ll copy my writing onto my Mac, adjust the clocks powered by electricity and sit down with an awareness very different than the one I woke up with this morning.
May you recognize all that is good in your world.
May your heart be filled with appreciation.
May your day be blessed.
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I’m so fortunate to have you to walk beside.
There is much good in my world, it all starts with you.
Each of my days is blessed, and I appreciate it immensely.
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