Six-point plan for putting life in perspectiveI can’t give due and deserved credit for the following information a few years past. Some way, somehow this old forgetful fogey lost that information.
By: Bernie Hughes, Superior Telegram
I can’t give due and deserved credit for the following information a few years past. Some way, somehow this old forgetful fogey lost that information. However the use of it gives perspective to your and my favored positions on this mother earth. So I don’t want to be keeping the good news all to myself.
Sometimes when we are feeling sorry for ourselves, a good way to gain additional perspective on life is to look around, read about and listen to problems that others have; that helps.
We tend to forget how lucky we are to live in America, still retaining great natural resources and a reasonable sized population of people with sufficient resources available and able to make a decent living.
The old saying, “You can be so close to the trees that you can’t see the forest” makes that point.
You may already be completely aware of our favored position, but I felt that sharing the following helps. Assume the world population has been condensed to only 100 people on the earth. It would consist of:
• Fifty-seven Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 Americans (North, Central and South), and 8 Africans
• Fifty-two would be women, 48 men, 30 Caucasians, 70 people of color, 30 Christians, 70 non-Christians, 80 heterosexuals, 11 homosexuals.
• Six people would possess 59 percent of the wealth and all from USA, 80 living in poverty, 50 suffering from hunger and malnutrition, one would be dying, one being born, one would own a computer and one would have a university degree.
If you wake up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people who won’t live through the week.
If you have clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are wealthier than 75 percent of the world’s population.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of the eight privileged few among these 100 people in the world.
Consequently, the author of this information proposed a six-point program that he or she proposed. It made sense to me:
• Work like you don’t need money.
• Love like nobody ever hurt you.
• Dance like nobody is watching.
• Live as if this is paradise on Earth.
• Sing like nobody is listening.
• It nearly is, how lucky can we get?
Bernie Hughes, Ed.D, a retired educator, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.