“It’s a troublesome world. All the people who’re in it, are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not.” ˜Dr. Seuss – Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
This past weekend some residents of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, and Alabama weren’t so lucky, as killer tornadoes swept a path of destruction, leaving 39 dead, and many more injured, inside and out. Shocked survivors are left to stare despairingly at the shredded remnants of their homes, schools, and workplaces, grateful for being spared themselves.
That’s just one example of places and people I’m lucky I’m not today. Why is it so unbelievably easy to forget that there are millions more? My previously viewed as hideous cold sore and my humidity frizzed hair aren’t quite as distressing when looked at through Dr. Seuss’s recommended lens. The statement “it could always be worse” can pretty much be applied to any type of troublesome trouble we can think of, if we follow Dr. Seuss’s advice. Although that lens is admittedly difficult to use at the very moment our troubles are being hatched, the gratitude born of choosing that perspective is capable of not only changing our attitudes, but also our lives.
Peace and Love
A Few More Reasons To Be Grateful- found at http://www.geography-site.co.uk/pages/citizenship/global_village.html
If you woke up this morning healthy … remember that you are much better off than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the fear and loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture,
or the pain of starvation … you are better off than 500 million people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep …
you are more comfortable than 75% of the people in this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, spare change in a drawer, a pocket or somewhere …
you are among the top 8% of the world’s most wealthy people.
If you can read this, remember that there are over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
If you have your own PC at home, you own something that costs more than an average person earns in an entire year in Somalia or Sierra Leone.