Thoughts for this holiday season

I found this article the other day and thought that of all the thought-provoking articles and emails I’ve read, this one truly made me sit up and count my blessings – a great thing to do as one year ends and another begins. Whatever holiday you celebrate, however you mark the end of one year and look towards the new, I wish you clarity of mind, strength of spirit and heart capable of love and hope.

Be well.
Zô

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 some place …
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 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 just received a double blessing 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.

Written by Bruce Gardner, December, 2008

About zolfw

I am an avid trail runner and fitness enthusiast, an accomplished cook, a lover of cinema and literature (although I read everything from graphic novels to professional psychology tomes, neither extreme being literature in the strict sense) . I am a retired Health and Wellness Coach. I am a husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
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