Yesterday I had things put into perspective for me again when I had to visit a customer’s store in the middle of Alexandra township. Suddenly I was grateful for all the blessings I have been spoiled with.
For those of you who don’t know…Alexandra is a township literally across the road from Sandton. Yes…a highway separates the extremely wealthy from the bitterly poor. Now while I am by no means extremely wealthy in the ways of money…at least not wealthy enough to live in Sandton…I live a very comfortable life in comparison to the poverty I saw in that township yesterday. Don’t get me wrong, I was well aware of the fact that South Africa has a large portion of it’s population living in bad, poverty stricken conditions…and I have been to and help at certain center’s in townships before…so I am well aware. But my trip yesterday was just a reminder of how lucky I am to have what I have. And I guess the point of this blog is to give thanks for my blessings and in so doing get you to be thankful for yours. Too often we are quick to complain…there are people who would give anything to have the comforts you have.
So today I am grateful for the pretty house I live in, with all it’s creature comforts and luxury’s. For my car that gets me from A to B everyday without fail. The fact that I am able to put food on the table everyday without too much of a struggle. That I have easy access to running water and electricity. Thankful that if I need health care I have access to the best of it. Thankful for the smart office I get to go to and work at…for my job that allows me to have all of the above. And while these material things are wonderful and I am spoiled in comparison to what some have…I am also thankful that I am rich in the way of family & Love.
Don’t take for granted what you have people…you have more than you think. 😉