First off, Happy Father’s Day to any and all fathers out there! I figured that today would be ideal to post about being appreciative for all that we have, while tying it into my most recent trip to Guatemala. In the city of Sumpango, the women bring their laundry and dirty clothing to the central washing area. Imagine sharing a centralized watering area with all the people in your city, thus leading to scabies, rashes, and other such bacterial problems. What about shoes? Not everyone in this city is fortunate enough to have shoes, so imagine having to walk to and from work everyday barefoot. Not to mention one of our basic needs in life: food. Many of the parents here give their kids milk with sugar because it’s the most inexpensive meal they can afford on a daily basis. With dental hygiene not playing a huge role in the lives of so many, imagine what this does to the teeth of these people after years and years of constant sugar and no dental hygiene.
Instead of dwelling on how badly others may have it, or how lucky we are compared to others, let’s think of how lucky we are. Period. A little appreciation each day goes a long way, so when we can truly be thankful for all that we have, we’ll understand the importance of giving back to those in need.