Counting our Blessings

November 21, 2018

According to some statistics I came across recently, half of the world - almost four billion people - live on less than $2.50 a day.  Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.  Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.

It has been calculated that if you reduced the world’s population to a city of 1,000 inhabitants, 46 of those would be Americans and the other 954 would represent the rest of the world’s population, and…

  • The 46 Americans receive one half of the income of the city; the other half is divided among the remaining 954 people.
  • The 46 Americans would have a life expectancy of 80+ years, while the other 954 would live less than 50 years on average.
  • The Americans would have 15 times as many possessions per person as all the rest of the people.
  • The Americans would eat 70 percent above the daily food requirements, while 80 percent of the 954 would never have what we call a balanced meal.
  • The dogs and cats of the 46 Americans have a better balanced diet than most people around the world.

I say all that not to make us feel bad or guilty, but to realize just how blessed America is (although there are certainly people in need right here in our communities too).  It’s also a reminder to myself to be thankful, even for the small things I often overlook.  For one, I’m thankful and blessed to work with such great people every day.

Enjoy this time with your family and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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