On Taking Things for Granted

If any startup understands the mess that is the U.S. healthcare system, it’s us.  Here at Cake Health, we are constantly talking about the broken system and rising costs.  We feel the frustrations of every man and woman in the nation who is paying more and unsure why.  For every family who is saving on groceries to make up for increased health costs.  We feel that stress and confusion every day, and it’s the very issue we are working to fix.

And while we work to clean up this mess, there are a couple of factors that are crucial to our success: optimism and gratefulness.  Not what you expected? So often when you read about startups you hear about “perseverance,” “hard-work,” “enthusiasm.”  But I’d argue that optimism and a sense of thankfulness is imperative when tackling an issue as big as health care.

So today, what I don’t want to discuss is the problems that we are all running into in the world of health care, how we can help, or delve into the ways you can save money or understand your insurance bills… I’d like to offer you a post on being grateful and living in the moment.  A post on what “taking care of your health” really means.

Excerpt from Thought Catalog 

Don’t Take This For Granted

By Stephanie Georgopolus

Don’t take your health for granted, that flighty thing. Anyone who’s battled with their own knows how temperamental a body can be. That humans are imperfect machines, short-circuiting beneath our skin a tiny bit each day. Once the health goes, it leaves the door open so that many other things can go with it.

That buzz in your brain, that vibration you feel when your ambitions have been awarded, when you finally succeed where it matters most? Hold on to it tightly; recall it when the champagne giggles of accomplishment fade into a content sigh, when the high of recognition wanes. Never take the electricity of achievement for granted; you will have been lucky to experience it in the first place.

People should not be taken for granted — not the ones who raised you, not the ones who ground you, not the ones who love you. Not the stranger who chased you for a half-block to tell you you’ve dropped something, not the one who holds the door for you, not the one who asks you if you’re feeling okay or the one who asks you to dance. Their actions are not inconsequential; they are what it means to be human, a state so common that it’s rather easy to forget how extraordinary it can be. Don’t. Remember it always, remember how bland and unsatisfactory and meaningless life would be without humanity.

Don’t take for granted the small things: the last time the sun kisses your face before three days of rain or having a pair of eyes to look into, hands to hold. A warm bed to collapse into at the end of a long day and an illuminated sky on a clear night. Embrace the people you can sit in silence with, and the ones who make you laugh for hours with little effort. The small things add up to big things, the big things add up to everything. Don’t take this for granted. 

One thought on “On Taking Things for Granted

  1. Love the thoughts on the end of this blog post..Don’t take this for Granted….Like having healthcare for example even the mess that it is.

    I would like to connect with one of the founders (Rebecca or Andy) for I’ve been laboring (more like penal colony chain gang etc.) as a consultant for a NJ based Healthcare company with a service that found savings (billions per year) on billing mistakes on medical claims and I know/feel your pain in trying to perhaps increase the adoptability of this great service and enlist the help of the (BUCA) large Healthcare Providers/Payers. My speciality and unique knowledge may prove to be helpful in some form. I formed my own business development and sales consultancy and given the comlplexity of this vertical (healhcare) I may be a good value added resource to Cake Health.

    I hope to continue the conversation.


    Sean O’Neill

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