When my problems are not really problems
I know I came home last year from a field visit to one of our projects out in the Char areas and I quit complaining about water shortage. When I don’t have water coming out of the taps, I know that it’s only because someone forgot to turn on the pump that will fill in the overhead tank.
I quit complaining when there were ‘too’ many electricity outages, at least I know that it will be back in hour.
I quit complaining when I had to travel through hot streets in the summer, I know that I will be in the office, cooled by an AC within an hour.
Every time I even thought of complaining, I thought of all the women I had met. Women who walk for miles to collect drinking water for their families. All the people who live without electricity and all the gadgets for convenience that it brings. I thought of the heat in the char, the sun on top and the sand beneath my feet. Day after day, year after year, families survive harsh conditions like these.
Me, I had first world problems, that are not problems. So I quit complaining and started doing more of what I can do to help solve these problems for the millions of people whom I may never ever meet.
Do your part – we can all make a difference.
Posted on December 23, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Aid projects, Business, development cooperation, Drinking water, environment, First world problems, Food security, Health, Third world realities, Water, Women. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.