I am halfway through writing a post about how crappy it is to have 6 people living in four rooms, how much it sucks to have no running water or bathroom facilities in our house, how unfair it is that it was cold and raining the week we had to use a makeshift outside bathroom, and how totally and utterly over it all I am…
Now I feel embarrassed.
Embarrassed that I can sit here complaining about my privileged life while others have so little.
It’s called a ‘white whine’ – when a privileged white person complains about something trivial. And it makes me feel embarrassed, and guilty, and it makes me feel like burying my head in the sand and going back to my ignorant little life where my biggest problem is having to poop on a bucket for a few days while my already adequate house is made bigger and better.
But it doesn’t help anyone if all my ‘white whine’ induces are feelings of guilt and a wish to hide away from reality.
And does having a little vent now and then make me a bad person?
Does it mean that I am not aware of how lucky I am?
Does it mean I sit back and do nothing?
What if every time I had a little whinge about something trivial, something I recognised as a ‘white whine’…. what if I used that and turned it into something more positive?
What if we all did?
What if every time we complained we also took a moment to stop and think about those who have less than us.
Maybe you can sponsor a child or maybe you can make a one off donation.
Maybe you can put our small change in a jar and save up to buy a goat or a pig.
Maybe you can donate those old clothes instead of throwing them away.
Maybe you can retweet that message from a charity, share that facebook image, sign that petition, send that letter, support that blogger making a difference.
Maybe you can just take some time to learn, to become more aware, to be more compassionate.
Because if each of us just takes a moment to stop and think, about the bigger picture, about someone other than ourselves, to do even that one small thing, that is the beginning of something amazing.
And I’ve seen what amazing things we can do when WE work together…
Here are some other bloggers writing about The Power of We for Blog Action Day… please pop over and say hello.