A little bit of perspective can go a long way

2 Dec

“The best things in life aren’t things.”

~ Art Buchwald

When my ex and I broke up, one of the possessions I had to farewell was our Nespresso machine. It was his purchase originally, so I had no claim on it, but that didn’t mean it was any easier to bid adieu.

Oh how I loved our Nespresso machine! It was easy to use, required barely any cleaning, made perfect coffee every time, and was so cute and compact.

When discussing coffee machines at work the other week, I entered ‘sales mode’ and gave Nespresso a strong recommendation. Waxing lyrical about the benefits of these fabulous George Clooney caffeine dispensers, I lamented the fact that I no longer have one.

“If I wasn’t saving madly for my overseas trip, I’d buy one today. I miss it so much!”

“It’s definitely one of those purchases that once you have one, you just can’t live without it,” I enthused.

When I got home that evening, I logged onto Facebook and discovered that 19 November was World Toilet Day. The day aims to break the taboo around toilets and raise awareness that sanitation is a fundamental human right.

According to UNICEF one in three people around the world to not have access to a toilet and about 780 million people don’t have access to a safe, clean water source.

World Toilet Day

And I was upset that I didn’t have access to a fancy coffee machine any more. Talk about first world problems! It’s a bit embarrassing to think that I was carrying on about life without a Nespresso machine being ‘hard’, when there are so many people who are living without a toilet.

The World Toilet Day theme this year was “I give a sh*t, do you?” So in the spirit of giving a sh*t, I feel I should mention that you can go to the UNICEF website and make a donation that will help give children access to clean water.

They also have a wide range of charity gifts, if you’re looking for a feel-good gift to give to the person who already has it all this Christmas. I’ll definitely be putting some of these on my Christmas wish list, how about you?


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