Last night, both hubby and I had a rough time. Me, I was just having a pity party being all lonely and such. Hubby had a minor car accident and was very frustrated that it was likely going to drain his savings. We sat on the phone and vented to each other and whined about all the ongoing stress in our lives. Being able to speak to each other did put us in a better mood, but by the time we laid our heads to sleep, our moods had not improved that much.

I woke up this morning with a new perspective. As I drove to work on this beautiful sunshiney day with Frank Sinatra's voice crooning through the speakers of my brand new car, I had a moment of clarity where I thought- "Wow, could you be anymore ungrateful?!"

I found some interesting statistics to accompany my epiphany:
  • 8% of the world's population owns a car. I am the 8%.
  • 6.7% of the world's population has a college degree. I am the 6.7%.
  • 15% of the world's population does not have running water. I am the 85%.
  • 60% of the world's population owns a cell phone. I am the 60%.
It's so easy to use our affluent American neighbors as a comparison of our own quality of life. We often forget that the lives we lead are not the norm. We are incredibly blessed. I'd urge each of you to remember this the next time you complain about car troubles, gas prices, taxes...or whatever our current gripe may be. The fact that we live in a nation where we have the wealth to own a car, have federally funded loans to help us obtain a post-secondary degree and the right to vote is pretty astonishing. I, for one, am going to try to remain conscious of these tremendous gifts and praise Him who has given them to me.

1 comment:

  1. Love this. Love the whole perspective. And, it won't let me post a comment on here since this isn't a pop out comment box, so random! Love your blog though!!