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.