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3 Things You’re Probably Taking For Granted

May 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Living Your Dream

This past week we were without running water for 4 days straight, due to a landslide some 50 miles from Sucre. While we were still able to flush toilets thanks to a large water reservoir on our roof, our little predicament got me thinking about how much we take for granted.

So today, I want to challenge you to not gloss over the important things in your life, like maybe one of the following:

1. Freedom and Prosperity.
Living in the second poorest country (and a socialist-leaning one at that) in the western hemisphere for nearly 12 years has given me a unique appreciation
for America’s inalienable rights and distinct ‘creature comforts’.

Free speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury… many countries around the world are still
trying to catch up to America’s Bill of Rights.

On a slightly less transcendent level, America’s access to food, entertainment, goods and services, and the blazing speed at which today’s technology makes
them readily available, really is a marvel to behold. Are you “proud (and thankful) to be an American”?

2. Family and Friends.
In today’s über-connected society (see above), it’s easy to underestimate the value of genuine relationships. While technology has allowed us to interact
with people a great distance away, much of that interaction has taken a decidedly superficial turn.

For example, how many of your “Facebook friends” would you consider calling on in a moment of crisis? When was the last time you told a loved-one how much
they mean to you? And, no, ‘sharing’ or ‘liking’ something on Facebook is no substitute for genuine, heartfelt communication.

3. Tomorrow.
I’m not sure if Modern Medicine has officially classified procrastination as a disease, but I for one am looking for a cure! Benjamin Franklin was credited
with saying, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” We would all do well to live by those words.

Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to get sucked in by the ‘tyranny of the urgent’, all the while letting life’s truly important things slip off into this
nebulous idea of ‘tomorrow.’

I often tell our congregation here in Sucre, “tomorrow never gets here; all we ever have is today.”

If you knew beforehand that today was your last day on earth, how would you spend it? What changes can you make in your outlook and lifestyle so that you
won’t put so much stock in ‘tomorrow’?

For me, it’s easy to take the following things for granted:

Sucre’s Spring-like climate all year round!

The abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables in Sucre’s markets

The delicious and dirt-cheap steaks!

So what are you tempted to take for granted? What can you do to integrate gratitude into your life?

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