Weight Loss is my First World Problem
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
We had an AMAZING speaker at my Rotary Club meeting last night. This gentleman (from my local area) just got back from a 3-week trip to Malawi, Africa where he helped install 120 water wells for communities in the "bush" that had no clean water sources. Did you know that about 4000 children die PER DAY in Africa from contaminated water sources? Many people's closest clean water source is a two-hour walk from the villages and people walk (no one has cars) two hours each way every day for water for their families and communities! The problem (and the solutions) are too much to go into in this blog...but suffice to say I left the meeting feeling like I needed to do something to change the world.
And another thing. After looking at the photos of these beautiful African children (that he took - not advertising or promo shots), with their yellow eyes and sickly distended bellies, I was so sad. So sad that I focus so much of my time and mental energy each day to beating myself up over what I percieve as my "distended belly" - which is caused by my own excesses instead of malnutrition, lack of water, and disease. While I certainly intend to keep making progress on my weight loss goals, I felt very much that my weight loss is my own version of a "first world problem." Our obese society is a reflection of the excesses and bounty we take for granted here in America. And next time I inwardly groan at having to refill my water bottle (getting in my 8 cups a day is a real challenge for me) I will remember these children who would do ANYTHING to have fresh clean water at their fingertips at any given moment...and literally are dying because they don't. And I vow that next year my biggest new years resolution will be focused not on weight loss, but instead on giving back and counting my blessings!