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Feeling Grateful
December 16, 2016
Mark Gallant
As the holiday season gets into full swing, I am overwhelmed by a feeling of gratefulness. At this time of year there are so many personal stories that pull at my heart strings and remind me of the fortunes of health, family, work, and a home that I am privy too. I recently read an article discussing the breakdown of the world population as if it was 100 people; some of the statistics are staggering and humbling.

Our world has reached a population of 7.5 billion people. Now imagine if the world were made up of only 100 people: 50 would be male and 50 would be female – as you might guess. But there are other notable statistics that might have you sit up and take notice.

Geography – five would be from North America; we are blessed with wide open spaces!

Overall Literacy – 86 would be able to read and write; imagine not having that basic skill!

Education – seven would have a college degree; you are very privileged to have post-secondary schooling.

Access to drinking water – 91 would have access to safe drinking water; we know of areas in this country that do not have access to fresh drinking water; some indigenous groups being one.

Food – 11 would be undernourished; we see our Food Banks being stressed more and more.

Poverty – 11 would live on less than $1.90 USD per day; be thankful if you have a job and pray for those who continue to look for employment.

Technology – 65 would have cell phones and more than half would not have internet access; tell your kids that one!

Electricity – 24 would not have access to electricity

Energy – 20 would consume 80 per cent of the world’s energy.

Fear – 20 live in fear of death by bombs, armed attack, landmines, rape, kidnapping, etc. Can you imagine having to flee your home with the clothes on your back like the families in Syria?

I guess what I am trying to say is it’s helpful to partake in experiences that reminds us to be thankful for what we have in life whether it be shelter, food, water, education, family, or health. My father always told me that I had won the lottery being born in this country and as I get older it rings truer when I see statistics like this. 

We have a plethora of opportunities to learn, experience, grow and help our fellow human beings as we spin around on this orb we call earth. Small gestures go a long way in the lives of those less fortunate. Many of our family members, friends and neighbors are finding this year particularly difficult, so thank you to those of you who are fortunate enough to give at this time of year. Merry Christmas to all! See you in 2017!