There is a downpour of rain. I stay inside.
The wind howls through the trees. I close my window.
I am hungry. I go to the fridge to decide what I want to eat.
I am tired. I go back to bed.
I am thirsty. I pour myself a glass of water.
I wonder what is happening in the world? I listen to the news.
My family is far away. I call them to speak with them.
I hear a loud tapping. It is a bird at my window.
I am ill. I seek help from my doctor.
My children need an education. They go to school.
I need a new winter coat. I buy one.
I don’t like the colour of my dining room. I paint it.
I want to be creative. I buy a sketch book.
I want to learn Spanish. I take a course.
I am concerned about my fitness. I use my treadmill.
How is my son doing in school? I talk to his teacher.
Christmas is coming. What do I need? Nothing. I need for nothing. I want for nothing. I have been graced with family, friends, and now good health. This is my life today. Tomorrow? Who knows. Today – I am blessed. Today – I have what so many others lack. How is it that “I” have so much? How is it, that by simple right of birth – I do not “want”?
It would have been so easy for the shoe to be on the other foot. At any given moment of any given day – I could be “them”. I could be without shelter, water, food, safety.
Christmas is coming. Our needs are met. Others’ are not. Others seek refuge – the greatest gift we could ever give to one another.
Because – it could just as easily have been “me” on the other side of the window, the other side of good health, and on the other side of the world.