Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Live well and count your blessings

For a change of scenery - no stitching, just some words for the soul.

In February 2002, we were going through a rough patch in life. One day I found some freebies at the library. One was a 'W' magazine. When I got it home, I found a photocopy of an article tucked inside the magazine. Sometimes signs from heaven drift down to us and if we are paying attention we can catch them and see what they have to say. In this case, I was reminded to take perspective which helped untangle some of the stress. I am sharing that article with you today.

Live well and count your blessings

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

That's what Phillip M. Harter, a medical doctor at the CA Stanford University School of Medicine, attempted to figure out.

This is 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 nonwhite
  • 30 would be white
  • 70 would be non-Christian
  • 30 would be Christian
  • 89 would be heterosexual
  • 11 would be homosexual
  • 6 people would possess 59 percent of the entire world's wealth, and all 6 would be from the United States
  • 70 would be unable to read
  • 1 would have a college education
  • 1 would own a computer
  • 80 would live in substandard housing
  • 50 would suffer from malnutrition
  • 1 would be near death
  • 1 would be pregnant

Think of it this way. If you live in a good home, have plenty to eat and can read, you are a member of a very select group.
And if you have a good house, food, can read and have a computer, you are among the most elite.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness 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 church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or are fortunate; more than three billion people in the world can't.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% in 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 your parents are still alive and still are very rare, even in the United States.
If you can read this message, you are double blessed because over two billion people in the world cannot read at all. And because someone was thinking of you.

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Personally I would like to add that if you have found something you love to do, stitching for example, and can 'afford' such a hobby that's an extra blessing indeed!


Lisa said...

Well put Melissa! It really puts things into perspective for you doesnt it. I truly am grateful to have my wonderful family and friends and a nice home to live in.
Happy stitching and hope you have a good time with your new stitchy friend.

Andrea said...

This was/is wonderful Melissa!