I can across this poem of statistics below a few weeks ago and it really got me to thinking about how lucky most of us really are.
“If you woke up this morning
with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the
million who won’t survive the week.
If you have a non-dirt floor in the place you live,
you belong to the upper half of the world’s most prosperous people.
If you have
and more than one room,
you belong to the upper 20 percent of the world’s richest people.
Regardless of where you live,
if you have a pair of shoes,
a change of underwear,
and can choose from two or more foods to eat,
you belong to the top 10 percent of the world’s most wealthy.
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 20 million people
around the world.
If you attend a church meeting
without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost
three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator,
clothes on your back, a roof over
your head 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 your parents are still married and alive,
you are very rare,
especially 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 God’s healing touch.
If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over
two billion people in the world
that cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways
you may never even know.”
Although sometimes I might feel that my life is not worth living because I can not go out and buy that pair of Tom Ford Sunglasses that I *need* it’s really not that bad (hey, I am nothing if not a bit dramatic sometimes!). I am so blessed in so many ways, and so is my daughter. I have decided to devout Mondays to a Pampered Pickle Post where Everly and I share our favourite things in our pampered world; because let’s face it, we really are pampered!
For the first ever Pampered Pickle Post I would like to talk a little bit about a certain Melissa and Doug house that I bought Everly about a month ago. She loves THIS HOUSE. When she started her obsession with keys I knew I had to find something that would quench her thirst but was also safe for her to play with. I had no idea what I was even looking for, and then I found this gem! It has keys and doors and even- BUTTONS (another current obsession). She will play with this house for a good 5 – 10 minutes solid, and for those of you with 18 month olds you know that this is an eternity for this age group to keep their attention on one thing! She can now open door number 1 all by herself! For those of you with a toddler on the constant quest for keys and buttons- this is your toy!