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What do we take for granted but would be hard pressed to do with out?

Real Estate Agent with Team Momentum Keller Williams Realty Tacoma

From Anna Matsunaga, Team Momentum Keller Williams Realty Tacoma

253 353 2662 www.teammomentumrealestate.com


Last night, right after completing the rental agreement with a new renter for our one rental house, our power went out.  Now dinner was hot on the stove, so we lit candles and ate by candlelight.  We still had a charge on the lap top, so after filling our sinks with water we put candles in each sink and took the laptop to the bedroom and all of us watched a movie and fell asleep in one room together.  

We actually had fun with it,  even roasted hotdogs over the fire we already were using to heat the house.  But....I was happy to have power again this morning.  My kids school online so we need power just for them to go to school.  I need it to do much of my business.  Would be having to go buy lots of ice soon if no power since my groceries would start to spoil if it took more than over night for the power to come back on and so on.

The kids and I had a fun discussion about what it was like before electricity was so easily available ( it always existed, but we just could not use it at the flip of a switch)   We talked about how our lives would be different.  Fun conversation.  They also pointed out we take it for granted.  (True)


Got me thinking, what else do we use all the time, need to make our lives run the way they do, but we take for granted.  Some are likely things like 2 hands that work, 2 legs that work, a heart that pumps, a brain that works and so on.  Some are things like having a vehicle to drive.  Internet.  A roof over our heads.  Day light.   Public schools.  Grocery stores....the list is long......and if we think about it we should be thankful, really thankful.  Most of us are blessed beyond measure.

Comments (5)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Very true!    Nice post and a timely reminder to us all to practice the attitude of gratitude.

Nov 16, 2010 03:43 AM
Jessica Leimback
Agave Homes & Investments - Mesa, AZ

Great story. I am from WA. My sister lives over by the Dome. I don't care for the area too much but the homes was redone and is lovely. I really love the historic area where the UW campus is there downtown. We walked for hours and took the light rail. Fun times.

Nov 16, 2010 03:57 AM
Joe Homway
Exit Realty Premier - Springdale, AR

The love of others around us.

The safety and security our armed forces supply daily.

The right to worship as we please.

The ability to vote and change the direction of Government.


Nov 16, 2010 04:45 AM
Maria Vaill
ERA Sunrise Realty - Martinez, GA
Martinez GA, Evans GA, Grovetown GA, Fort Gordon G

Honestly, this has been a huge topic of my thought processes lately.

most everything in this world we really dont NEED....

But OH how it makes our lives more comfortable and to be perfectly honest... 

makes our MODERN lives Possible!!

Thank you for reminding.




Nov 18, 2010 09:30 AM
Alex Morris - Austin Real Estate Agent
Austin, TX

Anna - so true!  Those "minor" blips always make for fun memories.  According to statistics, they also make for massive birth rates in huge cities!  :-) 

Lately, I have realized how ungrateful I was when the market was roaring.  "I am so busy" trumped "I am so fortunate".  This minor loss of power has made me reevaluate my business, and realize how lucky I am to be able to keep the lights on in the business.

Thanks for sharing!

Nov 19, 2010 06:43 PM