The Daily Check-In for Thursday, September 24th: Just for today, I am NOT drinking!

Hi Cinq! I read through the back and forth with you and Andy. The bottom of Maslow's hierarchy is water, shelter, and food. And I agree with his sentiment that everyone is worthy of this. Unfortunately there are still a lot of people in this world without drinkable water in their village. That is the most basic need we have as humans. We are dead if we don't get it in 48 hours. There are also villages that don't have toilets. That are so infected with diseases because of it.

These are real problems to me. Every human on earth deserves clean water and a place to use the restroom that won't spread infectious disease amongst a village. Every human deserves to have food and a dry place to sleep. These are the most basic needs for us. When you have to walk 15 miles to get your clean water every day, that's when there is a real problem.

I hear you and I totally 100% empathize with you. You are right, I have someone here and it's hard for me to understand what it would be like not having that person to hug. But I know, even the things that I don't have that you may have and vice versa, there are people that are way worse off than us. We are luckier than we want to admit. It's not just villages in Africa that would be extremely difficult to live in. What about living in North Korea right now? How terrifying would that be? Would you feel safe and secure?

I just want us to be careful and understand that these are first world problems we have. We are talking about HALT, which is an acronym to guard against relapse. It's a tool. I don't look at that as the same thing as Maslow's hierarchy of needs. There are a lot of people in this world that don't have the things that we have in our respective countries. And it's really important for us to be grateful about that.

I know one thing for sure, I won't be drinking with you today, my friend.

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