We are so blessed and it shouldn’t have taken a pandemic for us to realise that.
If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your body, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep, you’re richer than 75% of the entire world.
If you have money in your wallet, and can go anywhere you want, you are among 18% of the world’s most wealthy people.
If you are alive today and healthy, you are more blessed than the millions of people who will not survive this week and die.
If you can actually read and understand this message, you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who are blind, deaf or illiterate.
I came across this post a few years ago but it is something that I always hear in my head when I find myself being ungrateful or complaining or being rude in any way.
Today, more than ever, we all need to remember how very, very blessed we are.
Here’s ten blessings that I am extremely thankful for:
- My religion, Islam. Nothing brings comfort like praying, “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” (13:28)
- My family. Most of us are safe at home right now but for some people, home is not a safe place. 87000 cases of gender based violence have been reported since the lockdown started.
- My home. I have a bed to sleep on, couches to relax on and even a backyard to get some sunshine, amongst many many other things to make this time at home easy.
- My country. With 2,083,048 cases worldwide (3:33 AM 16/04/2020), South Africa has 2,506 cases. A salute to our President for making every difficult decision. We will get through this and we will be stronger.
- Food. Like many of you, I have used this time to experiment in the kitchen. If you, like me, have had access to whatever ingredients you needed to experiment, I would consider us extremely blessed as people all over the country barely have enough to survive.
- Clean water. I open the tap and there it is. I can comfortably shower, wash my hands and I can drink it (do you know that even in first world countries, they’re unable to drink tap water).
- Electricity. I have lights switched on in my home, I can use a heater if I feel cold and I have access to the internet.
- Netflix. I may be watching Friends for the millionth time but it makes me laugh and feel warm inside.
- Campus. Wits going online makes me feel some sort of normalcy.
- Books. I’m using this time to start reading again. Do you know how sad it is to go from being someone who used to read under her desk in math class to reading one book every few months?