I am thankful for water to drink. Clean. Cool. Clear. I may choose on occasion to flavor it with all kinds of things: coffee, tea, cocoa, fruit juice, flavored powders…but a lot of times, just plain water.
Not everyone on this watery world has clean water to drink, so having it readily available at my tap is such a blessing.
My awareness and thankfulness is most acute when my blood sugar gets too low and I end up overcompensating to get it back up (too fast)–always causes diarrhea for me, so dehydration is pretty quick. Having a ready source of drinkable water to correct that…let’s just say I can imagine what it might be like to have my life threatened by dysentery.-
There is the “Rule of 3s” as a mnemonic (memory gimmick) for recalling priorities in emergency situations:
3 minutes without air; 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.
Are these limits exact? No. Not by a long shot, But the idea is to help panicky people maintain or regain focus on what is important and in the right priority. Stranded in the wilderness, folks have been known to get seriously dead because they went after food instead of maintaining their body temperature as close to 98.6° as possible and neglected shelter.
The tie in here is that it doesn’t take long to get into major trouble without drinkable water.