I like to think that I’m a pretty low-maintenance girl (although my best friends might say differently ). I have no problem roughing it: I grew up camping so I’m cool with sleeping on a harder surface, not wearing make-up, eating the meal that’s put in front of me… But let me tell you, after spending more than a month in Uganda, there were some luxuries that I definitely missed. Probably most notably… I was so excited for a hot shower!
Similarly, after my first trip to Africa, I remember on the plane home, I was absolutely flabbergasted when a flight attendant handed me a drink with a cup of ice. Even though I hadn’t been roughing it as much during that trip, not
having ice had become a normalcy to me. When she handed me that cup of ice (possibly because it was such a simple act), I was just in awe.
I remember thinking to myself that I never wanted to forget that feeling. I always wanted to be excited about the little things! And I also remember, just a few months later, thinking about how quickly my life had gone back to normal. It sounds silly, but I stopped being excited about ice. And ultimately, that was sad.
So this is just a little reminder to take a moment today (and a month from today, and a year from today) to appreciate the little things. Today, I am happy that I took a hot shower this morning. I am grateful that I can pour myself a glass of water from my sink and I can drink it without worrying about getting sick. I’m happy that I can take a moment to myself to appreciate the little miracles in my life. What are you happy for?