October 13, 2009

I find myself needing a steady dose of perspective.  Though my life would be considered phenomenal by my ancestral fathers, I constantly find myself feeling dissatisfied and wanting more out of life.   I see more potential and more possibilities, more opportunities and more choices to the point that they sometimes blind me to all the things I already possess.  I sometimes feel like the person with a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear, or the child, surrounded with toys, crying because he has nothing to play with.

Below is an email that has been circulating for years.  I know this because I have gotten it no fewer than 20 times.  It continues to circulate because it has something to say to us Americans and all those who are fortunate to live in the most developed countries.

Today, I will read this yet again and hope it soaks into my pores…


‘If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world.  If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy .’

‘And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.’

‘If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ….. you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day .’

‘If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation …  you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.’

‘If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world. ‘

‘If your parents are still alive and still married…you are very rare .’

‘If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re unique to all those in doubt and despair.’

 If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.


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