Sunday, March 8, 2009

327. Listen and Be Grateful!


I'm not a preachy person, and I don't do much about anything, but, sometimes, statistics can be overwhelming.


Five million people in the world are homeless refugees!
(Be very, very grateful if you're not one of these!)
More than two billion people still have no sanitation!
(Be very, very grateful if it's not your situation.)
Eleven million children die before the age of five!
(Be very, very grateful if yours are still alive.)
One billion people drink and wash using water far from clean.
(Be very, very grateful if this is not your scene.)
Forty million people are living with HIV.
(Be very, very grateful when you say 'Well, that's not me!')

These are our brothers and sisters, partners here on earth.
And the whole thing is decided by an accident of birth!


Margaret Gosden said...

Right, and not by an act of god! Well said, and so inclusive, the whole sad picture. I am grateful, always.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Brenda :)


It is heartrending and very distressing to see the statistics of millions of people who have no homes, sanitation, clean water and suffering from HIV.

God has blessed us with so many things and we take them for granted.

I would like to add one more to the list: Millions of people also die of starvation and lack of medical facilities.

We are truly blessed by our merciful creator.

I also believe that these poor suffering people will be amply rewarded by GOD. Their sufferings will not go in vain.

Many thanks for sharing this heart touching post.

Best wishes :)

anthonynorth said...

It's always good to count your blessings, that's for sure.

SSQuo said...

We ignore statistics thinking that number cannot include us...until it does. We really should be grateful if we are not a statistic, and count our blessings.

Anonymous said...

What an inspired way to put your message across. I guess it's all down to the luck of the draw.

Darlene said...

I am constantly grateful that I had the good fortune to be born where I was. It is disgraceful that we are a world of have and have-nots. The richest countries owe so much more to the poorest.

Anonymous said...

some are living too close to me.
and I am so grateful for I am none in the list...

Sherri B. said...

Your post certainly puts things in perspective...I am incredibly grateful.

Anonymous said...

very factual and humbling.

Tumblewords: said...

An accident of birth pretty much says it all. Amazing numbers which you've poem'd with great style.

Lucy said...

this smart post reminds me of another that I just loved.. You created the poem after reading statistics in the paper.. do u remember that? ex.If you can walk you are more fortunate that how many others in the world..
thanks for always making me more grateful!

Bee Bee said...

Simple words but the rhymes makes so much sense.

Good one.

Winifred said...

A lovely thought provoking poem.

Beek said...

What a great reminder, and I didn't mind it being a little preachy.

Tiffany Gholar said...

Wow, that really puts things in perspective!

Kat said...

I have to do something about this. Maybe in a small way. Such poems are an inspiration to reach out. Thank you.

Beth Camp said...

A perfect post! Thank you for the straightforward reminder. We all should be doing more to reverse these inequities.

Merle said...

Dear Brenda ~~ Great reminder and poem. We should all be very grateful
for the good things in our lives.
Thanks for your visit to my blog and your good wishes. I have had a better day today, so hope to post later tonight. Take care, Love, Merle