When did I become so spoiled? I realize that it is something that has slowly but surely crept upon me this past decade or so… And I am ashamed.
I left my office today, walked through the halls of my company and left the building to take my lunch hour. I realize that I took for granted the fact that I have a job that adequately pays my bills and even affords me my own office with a sunny window from which to work.
I jumped into my car and drove to Target. I realize that I took for granted the fact that I have not only a reliable car but also the funds to pay for gas and insurance to keep it on the road. I also took for granted the fact that I live in an area of the world where all of our material needs can be met within a few moments drive.
I couldn’t find a parking spot close to the doors and settled for a spot several rows and some distance away and made my way into the store. I realize that I took for granted the fact that I could jog with no problem the short distance from my car to the door.
I wondered the electronics department until I found a set of ear buds that I liked. I realize that I took for granted the fact that I own an Mp3 player and that I don’t have to think twice about spending the $10 to replace the over-sized ear buds that came with it.
I went to the register, pulled out my wallet to pay and in the process discovered four “thummies” (small crown-like finger “puppets”) that my niece must have made and slipped into my purse when I was babysitting last Friday. I realize that I took for granted my beautiful nieces and nephews and how much they love me.
I proceeded to the food court section and picked up a pack of breadsticks and asked the girl to make it a combo. I filled the cup that she gave me with Coke and proceeded to sit at a table to eat my lunch. I realize that I took for granted how easy it was to obtain food served in disposable/wasteful containers.
I pulled out my cell phone and set the alarm so that it would vibrate and let me know when it was time to head back to work. I then got my Nook out of my bag and proceeded to read a few pages of the latest book that I’d downloaded. I realize that I took for granted access to so many electronics, access to electricity to power them, access to books, and the ability to read them.
When my alarm sounded, I packed up my belongings and headed back to my office. As I entered the lobby, regretting the fact that I had to go back to work, I asked myself….When did I get so spoiled??
Are you spoiled too?