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“Modern” Conveniences AKA: I fell in a ditch

Street lights, garbage collection, guard rails, road signs, sidewalks, clean water.

Those things you take for granted and even complain about sometimes – perhaps take a moment now and express gratitude for them.

I fell into a ditch tonight here in India.

One moment, I was walking behind Carrie on the road.

The next moment, I was stepping around her, trying to get off the road and to walk alongside her.

I stepped into the blackness not realizing that I was stepping off the road entirely.

I found myself falling, hitting my leg on something.

And then there was mud and water.

I fell about 2 1/2 – 3 meters and scraped up my leg… got totally covered in muddy sludge (let’s hope it was mud).

I scrambled out as fast as I could.

The camera (which I was carrying) was okay because it was on my right side (left side had fallen into the mud), and thanks to the cover on the camera.

Here in Bilaspur, outside of the neighborhood we are in, there are no streetlights, no sidewalks, and no gutters.

I fell about 8 feet.

It could have been much worse.

If you have modern conveniences where you are, maybe take a moment now to be grateful for them.

4 thoughts on ““Modern” Conveniences AKA: I fell in a ditch

  1. Anu

    Oh dear, hope you don’t have any bruises at all. How were you walking in the dark? Were there light from nearby houses or shops? That was very dangerous indeed.

    1. Jonathan

      Nope… no light from nearby shops and nearly constant traffic as well as avoiding the cows on the street. I cut up my leg somewhat significantly, but overall, was minimal compared to how much I could have gotten hurt. Ah well. Lesson learned.

  2. Aunt Teri

    Jonathan, Glad you survived the unexpected plunge into the dark hole. Susan told me about your fall while we were visiting them. Take Care and God Bless You and Carrie.

    1. strive4impact Post author

      Yes… It was a little scary and I got a little injured, but it could have been MUCH worse. And now I know… I’m definitely glad for the forces at work which keep me well everywhere we travel.

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