How much do you take things for granted?
Something that helps keeps me on guard against this is an unforgettable experience I had when in the army. For safety reasons we had to move a powerful sangoma (witch-doctor) from his rural village in Zimbabwe to the nearest town. The situation had been explained to him and agreed and we were sent in a helicopter to fetch him. This man left his grass-and-mud hut and climbed into the helicopter with no hesitation whatsoever, as if it was an everyday occurrence. Yet, once we got him to town, we had to explain to him how to use a tap (faucet) to get water, and he then spent the entire remainder of the day simply turning the tap on and off – absolutely fascinated.
Perhaps you have something that affects you like that? For me it remains the fax – putting a piece of paper in a machine at one side of the world and knowing someone at the other side of the world is printing it out. (And this despite the fact it is already outdated technology!)
The thing is, taking things for granted is entirely natural. Often there is no harm in it. The problem comes when we start to take people for granted. That’s not so good, but, regrettably, we all tend to do it. So we constantly need reminders not to. Like the one in a TED Talk I watched this week.