Thanksgiving is here. And what is the point of Thanksgiving I ask you? Is it Football? Is it stuffing our faces with delicious turkey, pie and other American Classics? Yea, living in America this is what Thanksgiving has become. I am not judging I am just reflecting. I hope to take some time today to actually be thankful for what I have. We live in a blessed country and most of us have more than we need. I am thankful for family, friends, easy living (compared to many) and food.
I feel grateful to have a home, a car, a job and an education. For today I will not compare myself with anyone or anything around me, I’m thankful for being me! Although I know there will be leftovers and there is a strong possibility there will be food in the trash before the day is over, I will try to not waste. There are many that are in need and would love to have only a small portion of what I take for granted daily. Here’s some insight to 3rd world countries of the world in comparison to what we consider basic.
- Close to ½ of the world, over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day.
- 80% of all living human beings live on less than $10 a day.
- The richest 20% of the world’s population own or account for ¾ of the world’s wealth.
- Some studies suggest that an estimated 22,000 children die due to factors related to poverty EACH DAY.
- At the start of the 21st Century, close to 1,000,000,000 people could not read or sign their names.
- Less than 1% of what nations of the world spend on weapons each year is enough money to put every child into a school.
Now that puts things in perspective a bit I’d say. I think we all have something to be thankful for today.