Reality Check

May 5, 2015

My friend from the country of Laos recently got Facebook. Some of you may remember the kid who took me around when I was in Laos to his family’s farm and village. I shared quite a long piece about him, he taught me a lot while I was there. Anyways, he posted a photo of his house today and for me it was a good reminder of one of the many things I learned while traveling.. To always be grateful for what you have been grated. Now this can range from a roof that doesn’t leak to water that’s not contaminated. From a road that isn’t bumpy to a bed with an actual mattress. It’s easy after leaving Asia to get caught up in the shiny things life has to offer so seeing this helps me get level headed and back to what’s important. I have my health, shelter and I’m surrounded by people that love me. Now I am sure my friend whose home this is is surrounded by people who love him and is healthy as well.. But I think we can all agree that the two story, insulated house I am in now – juggling whether to use my laptop, iPad or iPhone – isn’t anything near the same conditions as the house below. Crazy to think of the luxuries I was immediately given into by simply being born in an imaginary border known as the USA. It’s not something to feel bad about, it’s not our choice, it’s just something to be aware of as we live our lives. To live life with an open heart, to be eternally grateful and to leave this Earth a better place.

Happy Monday, Ya’ll.

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