It’s true: we really appreciate things more when, for some reason, we no longer have them.
Of course, like many of us, I experienced this several times in my life, and on many different levels.
For example, when I moved to the USA from Italy, I found myself without a whole lot of things I was used to: how I appreciated them, then!
When, after hurricane Katrina, we were left for a week without electricity….wow, for a computer and TV fanatic, it’s really a long time!
And now, this whole week before Easter, I decided to practice abstinence from meat products and also limit my diet to vegetables and fruits. By missing the food that I regularly eat, I am constantly aware of what this week represents. While I eat my “cold” food [I can’t wait to have a warm meal! and pasta!] I often find myself imagining life in the Land of Israel’s wilderness 2000 years ago.
And even though I do appreciate the good food I am not eating during this week, I also appreciate the opportunity to examine life choices in general, I also find myself thinking about a different view of reality and values, different from those of the culture around us. And I can’t help but to conclude: how “spoiled” we are…
Today I am grateful for having decided to “fast” for Lent.