It is very easy to get swept along with life, to be too busy to “smell the roses”, to be too stressed to recognise what you have and all too often we forget that we have it good.
Every day we could be reminded of how lucky we are … if we would only see, listen and recognise!
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr
Here are some of the things that sometimes we don’t see, recognise or hear…
1. It was LUCK that I was born in a first world country, into a family that loved me and gave me an opportunity in life. I could have been born into poverty in a third world country.
2. The person on the street who is dirty and begging and clearly has issues … could have been me. Do some research … addiction, hard times, unemployment, family issues, depression can happen to any of us, and life can quickly spiral out of control.
3. The wonder of nature is all around us, even in the city … do you even notice the flowers blooming, the trees full of birds, the sunsets, the warm sun of a Summer afternoon and the cloud formations overhead?
4. We sometimes take our health and fitness for granted … but it was luck if we were born with good genes. Life could have been very different.
5. It is easy to adopt an attitude about work that is characterised by “dreading Mondays” or the TGIF culture. If you have a job you are lucky!
“Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end of having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
When the world reached a population of 7 billion, one organisation decided to take a fresh look at those 7 billion and boil them down into 100 people. This is what they found.
(Special mention to 100 People: A World Portrait)
If the World were 100 PEOPLE:
50 would be female
50 would be male
26 would be children There would be 74 adults, 8 of whom would be 65 and older
There would be:
60 Asians 15 Africans 14 people from the Americas 11 Europeans 33 Christians 22 Muslims 14 Hindus 7 Buddhists 12 people who practice other religions 12 people who would not be aligned with a religion
12 would speak Chinese 5 would speak Spanish 5 would speak English 3 would speak Arabic 3 would speak Hindi 3 would speak Bengali 3 would speak Portuguese 2 would speak Russian 2 would speak Japanese 62 would speak other languages
83 would be able to read and write; 17 would not 7 would have a college degree 22 would own or share a computer 77 people would have a place to shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 23 would not 1 would be dying of starvation 15 would be undernourished 21 would be overweight 87 would have access to safe drinking water 13 people would have no clean, safe water to drink
So, if you have clean safe water, have enough to eat, somewhere to live, can read and write plus have access to technology then you have a LOT to be thankful for!
“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”