It’s that time of year again where we turn our collective thoughts to the things we are grateful for. That got me thinking about the things we should be more thankful for. We live in a miraculous world full of crazy cool things and it’s easy to overlook just how fortunate we are. With that said I submit, for your consideration and in no particular order, 5 things we should be more grateful for.
You may have never given consideration to the aglet or you might not even know what it is, but I promise you that you would be filled with a profound appreciation and gratitude for the unsung hero of your high-tops if it were not a thing. I’ll give you a moment to Google “aglet” … [Jeopardy theme music] … [check my watch] … [remember that I don’t wear a watch] …and your back. See?! The AGLET! Imagine trying to lace up a new pair of sneakers with a limp nylon string. It would be maddening. Now every day you tie your shoes be sure to give thanks for this tiny plastic hero.
Here’s another topic you may not have given proper consideration. Go ahead and stroll on over to the sink and turn the nozzle or lift the lever.
Did you do it? Why not? Is it because you already know that clear, cool, life giving water will immediately come pouring out at a pressure you can regulate at will? Yeah, now think about that for a second. Where does it come from, how does it get there, who makes sure it’s clean and what would you do if it all stopped? Are you frightened yet? Well then you should probably throw up a prayer or two of thanks to whatever God you worship for the invisible forces that afford you such an essential luxury; you know the one that allows you to clean, wash, cook, drink and LIVE!
I won’t even get into hot water which is a beautiful flower of goodness itself. I took cold showers for two years as a missionary in Jamaica and felt a bit like John Rambo in the shower stalls of the Hope Washington Police Station most mornings, but at least the water flowed and I didn’t have to worry about diphtheria.
I’m not even talking about smart phones. I’m talking straight up about the ability to take a device out of your pocket and speak to somebody through a device in their pocket or a phone in their home.
Some of you may be too young to remember when you had to make plans with someone before you left your house, at which point you were entirely beholden to those plans and at the mercy of the dependability, punctuality and/or commitment of said someone. It was a ball of anxiety wrapped in uncertainty. Are your friends still going to meet up for dinner? Is your mom going to pick you up from the mall? Has the world come to an end and no one is coming to your Jean-Claude Van Damme movie marathon? You don’t know! You just have to sit there and wait like a pathetic loser. It was a nightmare.
Certainly there’s a life sustaining value to clothing, in some cases, and although I’m not a fashion expert there can be applications that allow for an expression of either unity or individuality. However, on a day to day basis, are we thankful enough that clothes are covering up a whole lot of nakedness? While there are certainly cases where humanity would not raise a cry of objection or call for a public covering, by and large (and I mean LARGE) the majority of bodies, including my own, ought to be shrouded in as much cotton/poly mystery as possible. There are some sights that can’t be unseen and while beauty may only be skin deep, my love handles need a t-shirt.
Try and go a week without sitting in a chair, try it for a day. And it’s cheating to just stay in bed or lay on the sofa. I mean go and live your life and look at how many chairs you encounter and how much better your life is for it. Sit down for dinner. Chair. Wait in a doctor’s office. Chair. Go to school. Chair. Work on the computer. Chair.
Have you ever been camping and not brought a chair? The first thing you do right after building a shelter and prepping a fire pit is try and fashion a makeshift chair from a rock, a stump, or your least favorite child; anything but sitting on the ground like an animal. Even worse when you show up to your child’s soccer game without a chair and have to shamefully sit/squat in the damp grass or steal the corner of some strange toddler’s blanket while he eyeballs you. It’s called sharing Evan, it won’t kill you! Just go back to playing with your T-rex and Hot Wheels car, like that even makes sense. You’re not better than me.
Where was I? Oh right. Chairs.
There are few things as sweet as resting your weary bones on a good old fashion chair with a back. Much is made of how the wheel accelerated the human race out of a primal age, but I’ll bet you fifty bucks that long before Neanderthals turned their robust craniums to the wheel they had already invented the chair.
So when you pause to express thanks for the many blessings in your life take a look around and you might be surprised with just how many reasons you have to be grateful.