People in Africa are so full of JOY. What is this chick talking about? Yes, I've been there. I've seen it. Its contageous - Its everywhere.
They are living in huts and brick. No A/C, no heater. They bathe outside with small buckets of water - that they pump by hand. The parents give their children the mango seed to suck the rest of the sweetness off. The kids share it with their friends. They play with tires, sticks, rocks, trash. They grow their own food, working hard laboring over it for months. In fact, the little girl in the "O" up there suffers from a kind of head rot. (gross, I know.) She is literally rotting alive, due to the ignorance regarding hygiene.
To these people, these are blessings.
You feel bad now, right? Selfish, right?
Why? Comparisson. We all have this inner voice that tells us "Well you have a home, a beautiful one, and a car, food, great clothes, toys and gadgets in excess." It continues "You have time to paint your nails, get a froofy coffee with friends. Waste an hour or two on this brilliant invention called the internet."
We are taught to compare all the things that we have to people who have less. Eat your food because "starving kids in Africa don't have any." The idea is that you realize, Hey - I'm pretty fortunate. STOP it. Stop it right now. There will always be people more blessed than you. There will always be people with less than you. That's not the point. Find your own joy in what YOU do have. You have something to be grateful for regardless of the "standards."
Day 4/31 of blogging EVERY DAY IN MAY.