Set out plans for following day, daily routine plus appointments, errands, ‘to-do’ items – like any other day. But THIS day isn’t every other day.
Might look like that if we are examining you or examining me.
Forget my method, each of us have something written on paper or stored in our head; I expect 7.5 billion of us have some variation playing out every day of every week – BUT …
Here is the big BUT.
Expectations change before sunrise – needs change, ideas arrive, people depart, we learn something and forget something. We change our mind, get new information and morning arrives bringing fresh ideas, fresh food for thought.
Or so it seems to be for me, right here, on any given day.
BUT not reality for a large portion of us.
Could it be?
If the first thing you felt every morning was the same thing you felt at bedtime – hunger, would you not spend your whole day in search of food?
If we hunger for food and water, as so many of our fellow earthlings do every hour of every day, how could we possibly keep track of appointments, commitments and our to-do list?
We are content, perhaps smug, those of us with full bellies. We can amuse ourselves with plans and ideas, time for thought, time for amusement every day. So much amusement we easily ignore the plight of our fellow citizens.
Maybe that’s their problem, not ours.
Maybe it is a problem to be addressed, but who should do it?
Who can do it?
Most of us can wrap our head around that issue but most of us never contemplate wrapping our arms around it.
As you read this, you know I am right – not just for you. Me too. When some charity comes knocking we say nice words and donate something, we but tickets and support causes. Most of us do a little. Some do more. Very few do a lot.
My tummy is full, but maybe it shouldn’t be quite so full.
This issue troubles me because I know I can write about it but what can I do about it?
You might say, there is lots you can do.
I know that, but what do I do?
We are all eating well, because we are eating, except for those who aren’t.
If the starving person was at our breakfast table, would we offer them some of ours? Of course we would. Just because they aren’t in our kitchen, should they go hungry?
Where we are determines our fate as much as anything else.
For most of us, that simple accident of birth in a safe prosperous place with great health care and education in abundance determines circumstances far more than anything we decide, plan or think about.
Enjoy your breakfast now …
P.S.: in case you want a quick route to helping others, here are three who put food in hungry mouths …