2 Ramadan 2013: How Lucky


Count your blessings. – Haruki Murakami

Today’s post was inspired by oh so many things and more specifically, a phone call with a friend.

Quick questions for you:

  • Do you enjoy or get two day weekends?
  • Do you work a 9-5pm job?
  • Are you on a 3 months or greater maternity leave?
  • Are you on, or planning to go on, vacation?

If you answered yes to these or any of the four questions above then … you are lucky.

We don’t mean to belittle our post today with the “lucky clovers” but true it is that there are some things we take for granted that go beyond the blessings of food, water, health and wealth.

… Having two day weekends means spending more time with oneself or with family and friends which the majority of people don’t.

… Working a 9 – 5 pm job, even if one works over their set hours, means that we get a good night sleep and can enjoy the nights versus others who work shifts especially night shifts where, based on our experience with others, the body never actually recovers from such shocks and may restrict one from seeing their family for days.

… Being on a 3 months or greater maternity leave means one has the financial means to spend time taking care of their newborn gem without giving them up to strangers who may or may not give the necessary care and love needed.

… Are you on or planning to go on vacation? Then you are a minority who is not suffering from major external hardships. There are some who just want a weekend off especially the single mom who works two jobs to make ends meet for her kids.

We underestimate how lucky we are … we are OK.

Especially for those fasting during this month, imagine one day weekends … or over-extended working hours … or night shifts … or parents unable to be with their kids at the special time (sunset) of breaking the fast, i.e. ‘iftar’ … just imagine … we are definitely OK.

We would like to recognise those who don’t have the above and commend them for their perseverance and hard work yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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