“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
In our consumer-driven culture, it is so easy to become fixated on all that we feel we lack.
- Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day. 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
- 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty.
- 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat.
- More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
- 1/4 of all humans live without electricity
- Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty. Americans spent $655.8 billion on Black Friday last year. This Friday, estimated sales are expected to reach $682.0 billion.
It’s only in America that we can have a day set aside to celebrate all that we have and then run out after dinner to stand in line to buy things we don’t.
Today, I want to help remind us how rich we really are and how much we have to be thankful for.