Grateful



A couple of years ago, there was a power failure in Amsterdam.

When I woke up at 7 am, I noticed that I had received a text message from a colleague informing me about it.

I live in Amsterdam, and I thought that the power breakage would only be in a few streets.

I got up and turned on the heater so that it would be a bit warmer in my room, but It stayed cold.

I turned the switch for the light, but it was still dark.

Then I went to the bathroom and turned on the warm water faucet, but I got cold water.

Since I live in a studio, it was easy for me to find my way around in the dark, as it wasn't huge.

I looked through my window.

And that's when I saw that besides the headlights of the cars passing by, it was completely dark outside.

I went back to bed for a few minutes. Oh no! I thought. How am I supposed to get to the office?

Well, actually, getting to the office was no problem, but I had to find my clothes and the pathway to the bus stop in the dark. That could be a problem.

And, there was no warm water, I always love to take a shower in the morning.

After 15 minutes, I decided to find some clothes, along with a towel, with the help of my flashlight app on my phone.

Then I would go to the office to take a shower in the public bathroom.

I took my towel off the heater and noticed that it was warm. The heater was working!

I tried the light switch. That worked, and I also had warm water again.

You have no idea how glad I was to find out that everything was working.

All of this brought me back to gratitude.

Being grateful for the little, often in my eyes, small things that I take for granted.


Grateful for the heater, to keep my house warm when it's cold outside.


Grateful for the light, so I can see in the dark.


Grateful for the warm water, so that I can take a refreshing shower every morning.


On my way to the office, I read that not all houses got power back on again.

And that made my day extra grateful for the fact that I already had everything I need and could use it whenever I wanted.

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