With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn
Health Therapies Clinic
13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.
Tel: 087 2025753.
Insight Natural Health Clinic
15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny
Tel: 056 7724429
A few weeks ago, the water main outside of our house burst. It was a bad leak, and the gang from the council were keen to fix it as soon as possible. All of a sudden, and at very short notice, we found ourselves with no running water in our house.
There is an old saying “You don’t miss your water till your well runs dry” and for us, this was literally true! It’s not until you have no running water that you realise how much we take it for granted. No water to drink or make a cup of (herbal!) tea. No water to wash and cook vegetables. No water to wash ourselves, take a shower, have a shave or clean our teeth. No water to flush the toilet. No water for the dishwasher and washing machine. No water for the fresh flowers. So it was off to the supermarket to buy some bottled drinking water ... and some deodorant! Fortunately for us, we had some water left in hot water tank, so we were able to run the hot taps to get water to flush the toilets – but it took 4 x 2 litre bottles for each flush, which really opens your eyes about how much water we each use.
Our water was off for about 8 hours, and it was a joyous occasion when we were finally able to switch on the taps again. The relief was tangible, I can tell you! The whole experience made me think again about how vital water is in our lives – but it also made me think about how much we take this precious resource for granted. And that in turn made me think about all of the other precious things that we take for granted. The love and support of our family and friends. Our health. That we enjoy freedom of thought and expression. That we are able to go about our daily lives without worrying about where our next meal is coming from, whether the water we are drinking is polluted, whether our house is going to be bombed tonight, or whether out children are safe and whether they will receive an education.
We might complain about many things in Ireland – the politicians, the weather, our finances, the inequality, the corruption - but compared to many people in the world today, indeed compared to our parents’ generation - we are truly blessed. Life in modern day Ireland may not be perfect, but sometimes, a little perspective is not a bad thing. In the wider scheme of things, we should all be truly, truly grateful for all the small mercies we enjoy.