Gratitude for the opportunity

Internet. Languages. Travel. TV. Bed. Drinkable water. Nutrition. Things we take for granted.

Years ago, one of my friends wrote a book about a former child soldier in Uganda who is now leading an organization, Friends of Orphans, dedicated to the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of former child soldiers.

Not long ago, another friend shared the story of Yash, an orphan in India who needs support for education.

Last week I saw people living in tiny sheds and caves on the hill in Granada, one of Spain’s most important cities.

Just today I read that 1 in 3 people are affected by malnutrition according to the World Food Programme.

And here we are, privileged to be able to come online, in relative safety, sharing our stories, talking about travel, love, pain, grief or happiness.

We live a life of privilege. We don’t go hungry, we sleep comfortably, we are blessed with opportunities.

We have choices. I believe that also gives us a responsibility not to waste them.

Gratitude is the power that turned around my attitude for life. I was lost and sad until I opened my eyes to all the things I do have, things I took for granted.

I know I’m lucky. I give thanks every day for being able to live this life of luxury. I was given opportunities that even my mother didn’t have. I cannot go wasting them, wasting all the moments that could be used for joy or kindness.

Never am I so aware of this than during travel. To have the opportunity to stand on the cliff by the ocean, feeling the salty wind on my face is not something I take for given. Seeing the mighty mountains, the magical waterfalls, the clear lakes is a gift that I don’t leave wasted.

Not any more.

These are the moments that keep me going, the moments I’m addicted to collect, the experience I wish you all to have.

I once read that the even if we live them separately, it increases the collective well-being of our planet. I love that thought. And beside living my life to the fullest, I’m thankful I can help others directly as well, donating time or money. I believe that even in a life of privilege, we have duties for each other.


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17 thoughts on “Gratitude for the opportunity

  1. Cornball as it sounds, I have adopted the Attitude of Gratitude, too. Somewhere along the way. Couldn’t tell you the exact moment, but my soul is better for it.


  2. It’s true, there is so much we take for granted and shouldn’t. And so much that we have that others don’t.

    Clean water, for example. It’s incredible to me that in this modern century, every human on the planet doesn’t have access to clean water.

    It’s a good reminder to be grateful!

    A Bit to Read


  3. Andrea,

    How wonderful that you have a life of gratitude! This is something that the younger generation fails to understand. What we have comes through the goodness of our parents, or from our hard work, or if you’re spiritual such as I am then you give credit to God for everything you have. We are a blessed and privileged people. This is the best of times to be alive with all the modern day conveniences, medical care, job opportunities, etc, etc. There are many in our world who do not share in these things that we can and often take for granted. That is why when I am feeling low about anything in my life, I pause to think someone somewhere has it much worse than I do and instantly gratitude floods my heart. Thank you for the reminder. We all need a boast to get out us out of a self-pitying state.

    Curious as a Cathy
    iPad Art Sketches ‘Goofy Faces’


  4. Gratitude is incredibly important in life. When my girls were younger we use to list to a CD called “Marlo Thomas and Friends: Thanks And Giving: All Year Long” and Jimmy Buffet had a song on it called “An Attitude of Gratitute”. It was one of our favorites. Weekends In Maine


  5. We lived in Ecuador for two years and learned about gratitude. So many families living together, some without running water or electricity, no shoes for the kids, no money for school supplies so no school for the children, working the land or 3-4 jobs to make enough to feed everyone….but they were always HAPPY!

    Donna B McNicol, author & traveler
    Romance & Mystery…writing my life
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  6. I think looking back at the lives of our parents, grandparents and beyond is enough to make us grateful. Unless they were wealthy they often lived hard lives in primitive conditions with poverty, over consumption of alcohol and gambling a part of everyday life.

    That there are people in the world still living in these conditions or worse is a reflection of the greed of those who exploit them. Then there are people whose lived are marred by tragedy all over the world. Remembering why you should be grateful is a great way to start the day.

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