This week I encountered several speed bumps in my daily routine. Four of my household tools for work, fun and survival needed repair. Here is a bit of my journey and what I have learned upon some reflection.
If you’ve visited my home you know that one of the first expressions of hospitality is an offer of a fresh cup of coffee—it never is a bother to make. When we moved into our home we purchased an automated espresso machine with a professional burr grinder and enough steam pressure to pour consistent, quality shots. Making an Americano (a shot of delicious espresso with just enough hot water to make it similar to a cup of drip coffee) is as easy as pushing a couple of buttons. It is always hot and always made to order.
Maintaining our machine means regularly cleaning the water reservoir and the grounds dumpster. Every other month I run a descaler through the machine to deal with the buildup caused from our hard water. But there is some maintenance that I leave to the professionals. Thankfully Saeco’s only service center in Idaho is just a couple of miles from our home. I take our machine to one of their skilled technicians to check for leaks, change the o-rings, recalibrate the grinder, and do a thorough internal cleaning.
After 15,000 shots of espresso, my machine needed its second service visit. It was a week of nervous twitches from my family and friends who have come to rely on our Saeco for their caffeine fix. Thankfully we have other methods of brewing coffee in our home so we did not suffer too greatly.
I realize that in our culture I get used to creature comforts and take some things for granted. Seeing the void on my coffee counter this last week made me remember how much I appreciate the consistency our machine provides. Usually I just push the button with expectation of being served. It wasn’t until the Saeco wasn’t around that I remembered I should be thankful for it. It makes me wonder what other benefits in this life I’ve become so accustomed to that I’ve forgotten to be grateful for.
- I’m grateful for this house that is keeping me dry from today’s showers.
- I’m grateful for my ‘85 Toyota pickup that still runs.
- I’m grateful for my wife who always keeps a stack of toilet paper in the bathroom cupboard.
- I’m grateful for the lights always come on when I flip the switch.
- I’m grateful for hot showers.
- I’m grateful for clean water.
- I’m grateful for weekends.
And I’m grateful that there are some people out there that care enough about me, or find enough interest in what I write that you are following along with me on this journey. Thank you!
What would you really miss in your daily routine if it went missing? What have your grown so accustomed to that you may have forgotten to be grateful for?