Gratefully Yours #16

I spend some time each week at an organization that prepares meals for homebound chronically ill individuals and their family members.  At least 75,000 meals each month!  That’s about 2500 meals each day!!  Much of the work needed to prepare, package, and deliver these meals is done by an army of volunteers.  And some very powerful machines.

I was helping to package some meals yesterday and the machine that puts a plastic piece of film over the container of food broke.  About ten of us were on the assembly line at the time and we all froze solid.  We didn’t know what to do or how to fix the machine.  It was especially discouraging because with the holiday next week, we were working to get ahead of the usual workload.  In addition, this organization also runs a gignormous pie sale for Thanksgiving so there was a ton of work to be done.

Each of us on the assembly line kind of took a turn at what we thought might help the machine to start working again.  We turned it off and back on.  We jiggled a few pieces here and there.  We cleaned some of the nooks and crannies.  We tried everything we could think of to get this machine going.  One by one we started to walk away to work on another task.  Just as the last few people were about to go off to find something else to do, the machine started to whir!  Within seconds we were back in business and able to finish the sealing of meals so they could be delivered on time!!  There were quite a few cheers to celebrate that victory as well!

It just made me think how grateful I am for all the machinery we have to help us live our lives so fully.  From the everyday washer and dryer and other household appliances to the big huge machinery that constructs our buildings, we would not be able to survive without so many of these devices.  And to the people who so brilliantly invented and designed these machines to do their jobs so effectively, I appreciate you as well.

So today I just find myself grateful for all those people and machines who make my everyday living so much easier and safer.  I tend to take these things for granted and it was a really nice reminder yesterday of how very fortunate we are to have so much right at our fingertips every second of everyday.

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