Thursday, May 20, 2010

When Temporary Inconvenience Signals A Pause To Be Grateful

There are some things I am not sure I will ever get used to working from home. Like these days when the building decides to shut off the water from 9:15 until 5 to work on the plumbing infrastructure. I used to crumble up those notices they slid under the door because I could. I would be  at the office all day. By the time I got home the problem would be fixed and the water would be running out the faucet again.

But now my office is at home. So today I had to make sure I was up by 6:30 and out for my Park walk with enough time to come back and shower before the water ran dry. I had to remember to fill extra pitchers with water. And every time I go to the bathroom I have to remember not to flush. For someone with problems remembering that's alot not to forget!

It's easy to find all this annoying. To wonder why it takes a whole day to fix the plumbing. Or why there wasn't more notice so I could have arranged time out of the home office. Or why it seems they are always working on the plumbing.

But instead I find myself pausing in gratitude. We lead spoiled lives.  We take for granted modern day luxuries like plentiful running water and indoor plumbing. We expect things to be fixed in record time and allow for little that might delay our schedules.

So each time I don't flush the toilet today, I am taking a moment to be grateful that most days I have one that I can flush as much as necessary. And each time I fill my glass from the pitchers in the refrigerator, I am grateful in knowing that even if I ran out, getting more is as simple as a trip to the Deli. Today I am grateful for the simple things that aren't so simple for others.

What are you pausing in gratitude for ?
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