#0104: Electricity

Some things in life become so commonplace, we forget to give thanks to it.

Take, for example, electricity.  Since Ben Franklin first got shell-shocked by a lighting bolt via a flying kite, humans have figured out how to make just about everything run on electric power.  The ability to do so is now so expected, people don’t really think twice about how dependent upon electricity they actually are.

Then, one day, you wake up and, for some reason (be it a power outage, unpaid bill, etc.) you find the electricity in your house isn’t on.  And suddenly, you realize just how ruined most of your day is.

Think about the pathway you take just getting out of your house in the morning before work:

  • Your electric alarm clock wakes you up
  • You go into your bathroom and turn on the light
  • You take a shower, with water heated via your electric water heater
  • You brush your teeth with an electric toothbrush, charged via a wall plug
  • You go downstairs to the kitchen and open up your electric fridge – you know, the one that keeps your food cold
  • You turn on your electric oven to heat up the food
  • Once you’re done eating, you throw your dishes into the dishwasher, run by electricity
  • Before you leave, you turn on your television to see what the weather will be like
  • As you’re leaving, you set your electric alarm system to protect your house
  • Lastly, you head to your garage and press a button so your electronic garage door will let you remove your car from its storage

And that’s only a very SMALL fraction of how affected our lives are by the presence (or lack thereof) this seemingly invisible force!  I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to go back to the days where everything was run by windmills and candles!

Ah, electricity… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!

-Aaron P. Taylor
1001thingstobethankfulfor@gmail.com

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