A Little Appreciation Goes A Long Way

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.

13 comments on “A Little Appreciation Goes A Long Way

  1. itssrijana says:

    something which my tell me every day be tankful for what you have many dont have even that

  2. Well done Dan – you are doing great work!

  3. By the way, I see you are studying hospitality, along with wanting to be an author. I had a lodge before and can tell you that there is probably no better place to pick up rare titbits of the most fantastic material for any author. People remain the strangest animals on this planet and working in hospitality gives you the best vantage point from which to watch their antics

  4. Wow, thanks for stopping by or else, I would have not discovered a great blog. You have a gift of words that can move mountains. Keep it up!

  5. Paula says:

    Travels should always be an “eye opener”. I really like this post 🙂

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