After she woke up, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for our anniversary. What do you think it means?”
“You’ll know tonight,” he said.
That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife.
Delighted, she opened it to find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams.”
5:23 AM, I took a deep breath month opened, to acknowledge I’m alive. I could not swallow my saliva, my mouth and my throat were dry, too dry.
Before I can even realize it myself I was sitting, fingers crossed, ready to pray. The habit is second nature not to say instinct.
Eyes half closed, without even looking, I reached out to the glass of water on the nightstand.
Right at that moment, I am feeling blessed and I needed no quotes “Being Grateful” to remind me how why I must Be Grateful.
What A Privilege
70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water and only 3% of it is freshwater good enough for human consumption. Yet not the whole 3% is available.
Indeed, two-thirds of the 3% freshwater is unavailable for use for many reasons, tucked in frozen glaciers, too far underground to be reached and exploit just to cite those.
According to WWF, 1.1billion people worldwide lack access to water, and a total of 2.7 billion find water scarce for at least one month of the year.
This information I came across a few days earlier just resurfaced and makes me feel Privileged.
Back To Reality, My Reality
I put the glass back down without drinking.
I wasn’t alone. A bird was already posting some tweets about how great is the nature.
Its song broke the silence, helping me realize the peace and the surrounding silence.
I was fine. I was not worried. I was alive and those I love too.
I Am Lucky
I was telling myself I am lucky. I could hear my daughter breathing in the silence.
Sitting on the bed, my only thought at that moment was, if a birds’ song could wake me up, how people in the war zone are able to sleep?
How sad it is that a kid gets used to bomb explosion and gunfire? How lucky I am not to have to wonder if the next explosive shell is not going to blow my flat.
A few years ago, I went to a friend who was watching the news and I saw on TV two kids playing and eating bread in the middle of a street full with what clearly was the rest of blown cars and bullet, coagulated blood and somewhere far as they were filming you could clearly
For them, it was just another normal day with some gunfire and explosion, maybe even a calmer day than the previous one.
The Alarm Does Not Sound The Same For Everybody
Mine sounds like the average iPhone one and it was ringing at 5.30 am. I quickly reached out to my phone and shut the alarm down.
How I wish that shutting down an alarm for a natural disaster mean also the end of that disaster.
Last year, on December 22, while some(me included) were cooking for Christmas, some were fighting for their life and the life of their beloved one in Sunda Strait in Indonesia, struck by a tsunami causing the death of 400 people.
But keep in mind that a few months prior the tsunami, in the same country, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck killing according to the Indonesia disaster management agency, more than 2,000 people and 4,400 were injured.
Take Nothing For Granted
Here I am sitting on my bed, taking it for granted…
No, not me. I’ve been through enough to know that you should not take anything for granted as long as you are still breathing.
I’m thinking about the yearly 250.000 people killed by a gun, 9% were accidental, 27% suicides and 64% were a homicide as we can read on CNBC.
How many of those 250.000 people took their LIFE for granted and never show Gratefulness.
As the human we are, we easily forget. We quickly forget how awful and bad it feels to be ill.
When we feel bad, when we are sick, when things fall apart, when a phone call cannot resolve what we are being through, we tend to become very spiritual.
The best of our humanity resurface in a moment of pain, the non-believers surprised themselves promising to God to become adherent if they survive.
This reminds me of the Archange Gabriel scene in the movie Constantine:
Perhaps this is the reason why the most believers are from poor countries, were war and illnesses are part of their daily life.
They appreciate every single second of PEACE, well-being. They don’t stress over a broken phone, they don’t even own one.
Children in those countries don’t argue or hate their parents for not having a PlayStation 4 or the last iPhone, in fact, they wish to have someone to hate.
A few months ago, a friend of mine shared with me the photo of a kid standing to hold a serum stock in his hand for his mother.
If you have ever gotten a drip serum stock, then you know it takes several hours and for the serum to drop it must be held high.
So this barely 8 years old boy will have to stand a minimum of 2.30 hours in order to help his mother get the serum, what proof of love and devotion?
Do you think such kid has time to stress or complain?
Stress and complaints are for those who are wealthy and privileged in somehow but are too blind to admit it.
The feeling of winter fresh cold air makes me move my legs. Next, I moved my arms and shoulder.
I am fine, I am alive. I can hear, I can see, I can move, smell and breath, and I did breath, deeply.
I was still sitting in my praying posture, my feet on the ground, my throat felt like shredding, I refused to drink the water before I could thank God for being alive and being privileged.
And so I knelt down and pray. I pray thinking about the chance and the privilege and the luck I have to wake up in a peaceful house, having water to drink, being able to see breath and move.
I pray to thank God for the surrounding silence, the same silence some people complain about.
I thank God to be able to hear my neighbors being loud because of what it means: they were fine and alive.
I thank God for having all my faculties, it’s a gift, a daily gift, it’s not granted, it’s a blessing.
Someone somewhere could not pee without the help of a third person but I can.
I finish my prayer asking for a blessing for all of you who are reading, believer or not.
Do you need more reasons to be grateful and thankful to the life you have right now? Just open your eyes and see what is happening around you.
I will appreciate that you share with me what you are grateful for or what makes you feel grateful.
Remember you can not be great without being grateful, your life is all the “Quotes Being Grateful” you need.
Thank You For Your Time
I LOVE YOU ALL
Because Together Is Stronger