We are spoiled

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By Stevie Lowery

Last week was just one of “those weeks.”
You know… one of those weeks where it seems everything goes wrong.
Monday -  deadline day for us folks here at the newspaper - there was a flash flood in downtown Lebanon and several businesses, including the Enterprise, were flooded. At 5 p.m. Monday, we were frantically using stacks of old newspapers as if they were sand bags and moving computers away from incoming water. We managed to finish the paper before deadline, but we were frazzled, to say the least.
Then, Tuesday, the office toilet broke. It was easily fixed, but still, another inconvenience. (As of press time, the toilet still wasn’t 100 percent, but it’s flushing. So, that’s progress.)
Wednesday our Internet service was operating at a snail’s pace (which is saying it nicely), and therefore, slowed down what we were able to accomplish.
Thursday, one of our computers became possessed and was impossible to use. (I’m hoping by the time you read this that the aforementioned computer is fixed and working normally.)
Friday, the office was finally dry, and we pieced it back together again. However, as I sit in my office and write this, fans are still blowing just to make sure everything is as dry as possible.
Ugh. It’s just been one of those weeks.
But, as I griped and complained about these problems and inconveniences last week I couldn’t help but admit how spoiled I had become. For me to complain about my toilet breaking or my Internet service being slow is obnoxious when you think about how other people in this world live. As Americans, I think we’ve all become extremely spoiled by technology and the convenience of certain amenities. A working toilet is thought of as a necessity here, but in many other parts of the world they don’t have running water, let alone toilets. And Internet service, well, you have to have electricity for that, which many people do not have. There are millions of people who have no food, no shelter, and are in desperate need of medical treatment that is simply unavailable in their part of the world.
And we complain about the speed of our Internet service?
I’m guilty of it. I am.
But last week was sort of a wake up call for me. From now on, I’m going to be more mindful of the things I complain about and the “inconveniences” I allow to stress and upset me. In the big picture, those things aren’t that important.
Now, a flash flood at your office is sort of a big deal, but it’s not the end of the world. Our office is still standing. Our computers are still working (sort of) and life is back to normal. (As normal as it gets around here.)
So, while last week wasn’t the best week I’ve ever had, it definitely opened my eyes to how good I have it, and how I definitely need to be more thankful. And, for that, I’m grateful.