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Be Grateful for What You Have!

It is a natural human instinct to always want more … and too often we don’t take a step back and appreciate what we already have.

Marc Andre Morel is a motivational speaker I saw at an ACSESS conference a couple of years ago. He is another very uplifting speaker, and he has a newsletter you can subscribe to through his website. This month’s newsletter had a great article about being grateful for what you have. Below is copied from his newsletter … if you like what you see maybe you’ll subscribe, if you like it enough maybe you’ll bring him to your company … enjoy!

A great and easy way to attract success, peace, abundance, be better people and reduce our stress level is to have an attitude of gratitude. Every single day, to remind ourselves of the things, events and people that we take for granted. On that note, here is one of my favorite discoveries. Hope it inspires you to be even more thankful for all you’ve got!

If the Earth’s population was shrunk into a village of just 100 people with all the human ratios existing in the world still remaining, what would this tiny, diverse village look like?

That’s exactly what Philip M. Harter, a medical doctor at Stanford University of Medicine attempted to figure out. Here’s what he found:
– 57 would be Asian
– 21 would be European
– 14 would be from the Western Hemisphere
– 8 would be African
– 52 would be female
– 48 would be male
– 70 would be non-white
– 30 would be white
– 6 people would possess 58.9% of the entire world’s wealth, and all 6 would be from the USA
– 80 would live in sub-standard housing
– 70 would be unable to read
– 50 would suffer from malnutrition
– 1 would be near death
– 1 would be pregnant
– 1 would have a college education
– 1 would own a computer

If you live in a good home, have plenty to eat and can drink, and can read then you are a member of a very select group. If you have a good house, food, can read and have a computer, you are among the very elite. If you woke up healthy this morning … you are more fortunate than the million who will not survive the week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation… you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a religious meeting without fear or harassment, arrest, torture, or death… you are fortunate, more than three billion people in the world cannot.

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 someplace… you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are thankful… you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.