Thursday, April 25, 2013

Count your blessings! - Anonymous

I don't know the author of this gem but, if we think about it, we have more sunshine than rain in our lives. If there is one virtue that we all need, it's gratitude. Even in our sadness we can thank God that circumstances aren't worse. Perhaps my attitude about our serious lack of thankfulness for the blessings we have and don't even recognize come from my study of the Holocaust, and meeting and working with people involved in this 20th century horror. Dear people, until you've wept and worked for and with these people, you have no idea what real grief is. I recall reading a story by a survivor titled "Spoon" and how he held on to that one possession with his life. It makes you think! PENordman.

*If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep ... you are richer than 75% of 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 you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this 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 hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful ... you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not. *If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder ... you are blessed because you can offer a healing touch. *If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.  
Have a good year, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.


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