Monday, July 18, 2016

“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.” ― Maya Angelou

The following words are not mine, but I wholeheartedly endorse them.  There is a post on Facebook that uses some of these but leaves out the ones about religion, parents, and comforting others which is sad and a little antithetical to the point of the message, but what can you do?  Think about these things and assess your own life in relation to them.  My parents are not still alive but my father lived to almost 90 and my mother to 98, so they had a good run and stayed married and happy for over 65 years.  I was blessed by them and remain so.  I am also blessed to have a wonderful wife who has been with me for over 51 years—she has blessed my life.  For your consideration:

     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 can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
     If your parents are still alive and still married... you are very rare, even in the United States.
    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 healing touch.
     If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Have a good day, count your blessings, and remind everyone else how blessed we all are.  I suspect you are among the world’s blessed.
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