14 March 2015

We sometimes forget how lucky we are.

Every so often something stops me in my tracks to remind me just how lucky we are. We live lives that would be unimaginable to starving children who have to hustle through rubbish tips and elderly people with dementia freezing in their dirty homes.

Their lives aren't fluffy and presented with sun saturated pastel colours, but a reality that we are lucky to mostly escape in our centrally heated homes. Something easily forgotten as we curse a train making us wait in the rain for 10 minutes, something not considered as we grumble about an off remark over a loaded desk, something not worried about as we get rid of another dress that isn't fashionable any more.

Volunteering and charity. We forget how lucky we are.

Sitting on my couch with tears every Red Nose Day, every Christmas appeal for donations, every Children in Need, every time I see a cancer charity hoping to find a cure, every time it reminds me how lucky we are to live where we do.

To have warmth, to have choice, to have people who care, to have health, to have food in the cupboard. So many things that we take for granted.

Volunteering and charity. We forget how lucky we are.

Many corporations get involved in charitable works as an exercise in PR and tax breaks, but why not use a scrap of their profit and influence to do something better in the community. You and I, we probably can't change the world, but there will be something small we can do. Smile at that lonely old lady wobbling down the street, donate the cost of a coffee and croissant to a needy cause, volunteer for a day, clean out that overflowing closest to a nearby charity store, sign up to donate blood.


I thought we can't change the world, but maybe we can, one small act of kindness at a time.

11 comments :

  1. Yes, yes, yes. We live very blessed lives and should all give something back every now and then. Great post Emma.
    Claire xx

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  2. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)14 March 2015 at 21:11

    I completely agree Emma! I think it's so easy for us to lose perspective. We sit in fancy restaurants and complain if a dish has too much salt in it, we go on lovely holidays and complain if the hotel room has a slightly musty smell. I too watch those programmes and hear all those appeals and it reminds me how trivial all those little things are in the bigger picture. It's so easy to forget how indulgent it is to even have the opportunity to complain about such things and I'm so glad you wrote this post because I'm as guilty as anyone of whinging when the train is 10 minutes late.

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  3. This is so true. It's so easy to take things like having clean water or someone who cares about you for granted. I think that blogging has helped me take better stock of my life - it makes me reflect more as I come up with my posts. And, reading posts like this or posts where bloggers talk about things they are thankful for really puts things into perspective. There is something we can all do -- no matter how small it is, I believe it can make an impact. Thanks for reminding us.

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  4. Well said. I really needed to hear this today. It has actually been on my mind lately how selfish my life has become. I have become so focused on taking advantage of our short time in Europe that I've quit doing things I used to do back home - helping out friends in need, volunteering, etc - and that's just rubbish. I wholeheartedly believe one person can make a difference and I desperately need to start doing my part again.

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  5. This is so true. The more I travel and see how people love in other parts of the world and how little they have, the more I appreciate what I have. I really try to not complain too much if the food is bad at a restaurant or the shower is cold because I know even those are luxuries. Thanks for this reminder! We all need it every once in a while!

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  6. So true. I think if we believed we can change the World then more individuals would try and maybe, just maybe we could!

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  7. They say that every journey starts with a single step - wasn't there a smile project for a while - you had to smile at 10 strangers & see if they pass it on (doesn't really work in London sadly, they probably think you're going to mug them!)

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  8. I needed this reminder more than anyone to be absolutely fair!

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  9. Same where I used to live - people look at you like you are tricking them if you smile at them.

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