Since I am opening myself up, let me make another confession. I am also addicted to Coke. No, I don’t mean the white powdery stuff. I am talking about the brown liquid gold that is dispensed from my local gas station fountain machine each morning on my way to work. For those who say it’s an unhealthy addiction, I assure you it’s healthy. I mean my Styrofoam cup actually says, “100% Filtered Water.” I never knew filtered water could taste so good. Styrofoam? Now I know what you are thinking, but it’s also an environment friendly cup. Really it assures me it is because it says, “Polystyrene foam food service products constitute less than 1%, both by weight and volume of landfill waste.” I mean, that’s good, right? I am so comforted by that statement.
Anyway, we all have addictions in our lives. Almost everyone in the US has some type of technology addiction. If you don’t believe me, try to function for a day without any type of technological device. Yeah, that’s what I thought. There are all types of addictions: making money, spending money, clothing, cars, alcohol, drugs, chemicals, and others I won’t mention in this blog.
With that said, do you know who I admire? It’s the guy who is addicted to using his vacation time to go to Africa and build a well, the girl who is addicted to helping build homes in Haiti, the young couple who are addicted to spending their weekends at the local soup kitchen feeding the homeless and the elderly lady who dedicates her time at her local hospital as a greeter. People who are addicted to helping others are awesome. If I saved the roughly $300 a year I waste on my Coke addiction and added another $100, I could give clean drinking water to an entire village in Africa. Did you hear me? For not much more than I spend on soda in a year, I could give clean water to approximately 150 people for the rest of their lives. That’s the kind of addiction I want. I want to get radical about using what I have to help those less fortunate.
Do you want to change your addiction? Join me. I am going to start saving money by drinking less Coke and saving that money to provide water for those who don’t even know what a Coke is. If you want to change your addiction, check out Marion Medical Mission. This organization is truly saving lives. You can learn more at http://marionmedical.org/. If this isn’t something that interests you, I encourage you to find something you can do to help others who are in need. This is an addiction worth having and is much more fulfilling than catapulting birds at fortresses built by pigs – although that still is fun. Tim.