We went to a Superbowl party yesterday at Duane's step-brother's house. That's 2 hours from here in the desert. We had fun, tho i had a migraine and had forgotten how noisy a party like that could be. Light doesn't bother me too much (it is a bit of a problem but not as bad as most folks i know with migraine), but noises seem to be amplified by 100%.
Duane's step-brother's home is really lovely. It is about 5 years old, and so the house is new and neat and large. His wife has done a beautiful job of decorating it. (Often in a house with lots of decorations, i see "clutter and dusting," but her house doesn't seem to be overcrowded that way.) I have to say that while i think their house really beautiful and convenient, i'm not envious. I like where we live. I like Sugarbear. Our home may not be as convenient, up-to-date, or pretty and new, but it also doesn't come with the expense that all that has. Sugarbear was less than half the price they paid for their home, and i'm so thankful not to have their mortgage payment. If we had that much debt, we would not have much of the freedom we currently have with our jobs and in our lives.
On the drive home i told Duane that i felt we were well-off. He responded with all the ways that (by US standards) we do NOT fit the label of "well-off." And i understand his point and agree we are not "affluent." However, i was thinking of the freedom i've already mentioned, and this sentiment that i recently received, again, in an email. It has been out there a while now, have you read it?
If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people, maintaining the proportions of all the people living on Earth, that village would consist of:
14 Americans (North, Central and South)
There would be: 52 women and 48 men
30 Caucasians and 70 non-Caucasians
30 Christians and 70 non-Christians
89 heterosexuals and 11 homosexuals
6 people would possess 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA
80 would live in poverty
70 would be illiterate
50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition
1 would be dying 1 would be being born
1 would own a computer
1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree
If we looked at the world in this way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious.
But, consider again the following :
If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won’t live through the week.
If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.
If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that's right) people.
If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world's population.
If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.
There is a little more if you want to check it out here: Daily Cognition
Of course, these numbers were torn apart by Snopes. The stats were off. Slightly different numbers from the different continents. Male/female would be closer to 50/50. This overstates illiteracy. So, i'm not saying that this is 100% faithful to the world (we're not going to drop the population to 100 folks, anyway). But the sentiment behind these numbers remains the same.
Compared to most of the world, we are well-off. By US standards Duane and i may fall a bit lower than middle, but i think we are still well-off compared to most here. The disability that limits me so has not bankrupted us. Yes, we have to be careful. Yes, if Duane lost his job we'd be hurting. Yes, it is true we don't have unlimited assets. But i still think we are blessed.
Have you seen this email/presentation before? How about you? Are you blessed? Content? Well-off?