Sunday, August 16, 2009

Let us be grateful

Let us be grateful... grateful for what blessings and gifts that we do have in this life. Let us not linger on what we lack, but rather focus on what the vast majority of those reading this do have:

SHELTER-- a roof over our heads; a clean, dry, and reasonably safe place to call home

FOOD-- regular meals to fill our bellies, satiate us, and to provide the fuel we need to keep going

EDUCATION-- the ability to read this, to know the wider world and to even further our knowledge of the universe

GOOD HEALTH--the ability to function normally, walk, talk and otherwise take care of ourselves

WEALTH-- having some money in a bank account, our ability to purchase goods and services, the ability to travel, even outside of our homelands, and the ability to own or have access to a computer and the Internet

LOVED ONES--people near us, or people far away, family and friends who care for us, love us and provide us with affection and support

If you have any or all of these things, rejoice and be grateful. Hundreds of millions on our small planet lack these essentials...not because they deserve such paucity and poverty, not because they are lazy. But most often because of where they were born. And for no other reason.

Think about this the next time you are tempted to wallow in your own self pity, before you tell yourself 'what a horrible life I have!' Your life is anything but!

Let us not take for granted that which we have.


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