At RGBP, Kathrynzj sets the Friday Five. She says: We lead privileged lives.
True, some are more privileged than others but the fact that we are communicating right now via technological devices puts us in the privileged category.
Thanks, friend, for this great start!
1) This very morning I got into the shower in my old and historic (but operationally funky) house, and I gave thanks that I have a shower to get into and warm-ish water to wash with...not hot, not today, but warmish...I was feeling so very privileged to have a place of privacy and comfort in which to get clean.
2) I have a job and education and skills. Yesterday I was checking out at the Dollar General and a man came in asking for a job application. The clerk told him that he'd have to go to the internet. He said, "But I don't have any internet or computer, I used to play Pong on the Atari, that's all the computer skills I've got!" She said she was sorry but that all their applications were online. I interjected that the local library had computers and classes in how to use them and offered to look up information for him (on my Android Evo 4G Smart Phone, a whole separate wonder of technology) but he said, "no thanks" and rode off on his bicycle. I think it sounded too hard and too complicated.
3) Music. Right now I'm listening to George Winston on Youtube. Pandora is another absolute favorite. I have not been singing in church choir and I miss that, but one day I will get back. In the meantime, music fills a place in my life that nothing else can.
4) I have a local library for which I have a consuming love. I usually go by there on Friday afternoons and return books and pick up new ones. I also get books on CD to keep me company during long car trips, and can download e-books onto my Sony E-Reader. The latter is a great way to get new and popular books that are not easy to acquire in hard copy, due to their popularity. They have children's areas with big cushions where kids can go and lounge to read...oh, that would have been my dream in my childhood library! But I enjoy watching the kiddos use it now.
5) I have family and friends and a church family. Will I say that all is perfect in every aspect of every relationship? No. I think that's part of how relationship works...sticking to it and digging through the icky bits if you can. Some of my family are too far away...many of my friends are WAY too far away...and even my church and church friends are in another town. I wish it could be that all the people I love could drop over for coffee, sweetrolls and fruit accompanied by NPR on a Saturday morning. That I could run by my parents' house and "reboot" the laundry, then stop off later in the day and fold and put it away. That I could stop in at the church to offer volunteer service. But, it is what it is. I am glad and grateful for what I have.