I have to admit it, I am spoiled.  Spoiled to all of the modern amenities that I enjoy every day.  I also must admit, that I take many of those things for granted.  Well, that is not completely right, it is more accurate to say that I speak with contempt about those things that I should be more thankful for.

Maybe you are the same way.  How many times have you rejoiced when the electric bill or the water bill comes due each month?  If you are like me, there have been many times that you have fussed about the high cost of utilities or the rising cost of utilities.  Now, I am not saying that there shouldn’t be any concern for these things.  The people that run these utility companies should not be able to abuse our dependence on these services. 

Stop and think about this for a moment.  I read an article the other day that stated the following statistics:

  • Close to half of all people in developing countries are suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
  • A quarter of all humans live without electricity—approximately 1.6 billion people.
  • Worldwide, approximately 425 million children under 18 do not have safe water.

I guess my question would be, how spoiled are you?  Do you speak of your utilities with contempt or with gratitude.  Just remember that there are people around the world that would trade places with you.  we all could stand to be a little more thankful for things other people have to do without.  Starting with something as simple as electric and clean water.

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