A Lesson In Gratitude From Africa

by Kressa Sisu / Jun 18, 2015 / Comments

What if you had to walk about 3-5 miles in the morning just so you could wash and make your tea?

What would that feel like?

We are so blessed here in the west… we just turn on the tap and hey presto, there is clean water. We are so fortunate and I know I sure have taken that for granted.

I think my African experiences have really taught me to look at things differently. To be more grateful for all that I have. To celebrate the simple things in life more. To know how blessed I am to live where I do and to have so much compared to so many who have so little.

The poverty in Africa can be so intense that at times it breaks my heart. But then when I see them dance, sing, laugh and share with ease, I know they already have so much. They may not have many material possessions, but they have a connection and a deeper relationship with nature, which I believe is missing here.

For example; If a parent dies, the next Boma (home) will take in that child and take care of them. There are no orphans in this community. They look after each other and help each other.

Life can be harsh for them, but somehow they see past that and know how to celebrate what they do have. They are an inspiration to me. I continue to be in awe and realize we have much to learn from them.

The most prominent moment of our recent trip was during a visit to a school on Maasai land. We could hear one of the elders in this community yelling "Water! Water!" and witnessed the Maasai people getting water into their village for the FIRST TIME!

Everyone came to celebrate. Some were touching it, others were putting it on their heads, and some were playing with it as it poured out of the pipe. They all had such rapture on their faces and I was moved to tears. I got to witness this marvelous "first" for these beautiful people. And what a difference it will make in their lives!

If only we celebrated the everyday things in life that we often take for granted.

Ask yourself, how often do you pause to appreciate what you have in life?

Humans have a natural tendency to gloss over the ordinary and go straight to the thing that they are lacking or brings them frustrating. It takes away the happiness and satisfaction that we could be feeling. The more we focus on what isn’t working the less we can see what is working.

Studies have shown that when a person expresses gratitude, they are more content with their lives and are able to positively affect those around them.

So the next time you turn on your tap, go to your fridge for fresh food or get into your car on your way to work, remember… You are blessed.

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Kressa Sisu


Author, Emotional Intuitive, Artist

Kristina trained as a Social Worker and became a Certified Nutritionist, Specialized Kinesiologist and Energy Intuitive. Her personal experience and triumph over a serious, chronic illness prompted her to share her passion for well-being. Kristina is supporting others in living their dreams and realizing their own magnificence through her private practice, talks and workshops. She is also the author of “Food and the Emotional Connection” and the newly released “How to Get Out of Your Own Way”.