You’ll appreciate the sentiment

You’ll appreciate the sentiment

A fellow writer, recently met, sent me the following knowing I’d appreciate it after having learned about my experiences with abandoned babies. A colleague of his sent it to him. “I think you’ll appreciate the sentiment.”


  1. If you have food in your fridge, clothes in your wardrobe, a roof over your head and a bed where to sleep then you are richer than 75% of the planet’s population.


  1. If you have money in the bank and some to spare then you are amongst the 8% wealthiest people in the world.


  1. If you wake up today in full health then you are luckier than the 1 million people experiencing illness at this time.


  1. If you have never experienced war, torture, hunger and unfair imprisonment then you are more fortunate than the estimated 500 million people who do.


  1. If you are able to read this message then you are more fortunate than the 3 thousand million people worldwide who can’t read.


It gave me goosebumps when thinking about each point, and made me think of people in this country wasting water without a second thought; opening a tap and letting the water stream down the basin while brushing their teeth, washing dishes with the tap running constantly instead of filling the sink/plastic basin. When the majority of South Africans (Africa, actually) have to walk miles for water and it’s not even clean, from dirty rivers, and have to walk back with the load on their heads, no shoes on their scared feet.


Up until a few years ago, I used to hate washing dishes. But then I think about all those people from my country who don’t even have food to eat, food to place on dishes and get the opportunity to dirty them… I think about that every time I do the washing up and feel grateful, privileged.


Sentiment definitely appreciated!


“Every day’s a gift – that’s why it’s called the present!”

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