It sounds like a near impossibility, especially when you’re young. You have your “whole life in front of you” and if you’re unhappy, living another 50, 60 or 70 years seems more like a sentence than a gift. I watched a movie last night where a doctor told a man that he had about 30 days to live. It got me thinking. I hope it gets you thinking, too.
The average life span for a woman in industrialized nations is roughly 75-80 years. That’s an average. Some will live to be 100, while others will not make it to their 18th birthday. My mother died when she was 47. If I were to live as long as she did, I’d have about 6 months to live. Sound depressing? It depends on how you look at it. Nobody really knows what happens after this life. I, personally, believe that this life is just a fraction of what our “souls” will experience. Of course, that could be (and will be) discussed and debated until the end of time. But, here’s my point: We know we have this life, though we’re not guaranteed how long it will last. So, are we going to spend it being unhappy, or happy? Of course, everyone would choose happiness. The problem is, some of us don’t know how to go about attaining it.
Let’s look at what we have to work with: The very fact that you’re reading this means that you’re among the 12-14% of the people in the world who have access to a computer. That’s right. More than 85% of the world population does not have access to the wealth of information that you and I do. Close to a billion people do not have enough food to eat. And almost another billion people started the 21st century being unable to read a book or sign their names. So, here I go… I’m going to talk about the “G” word. GRATITUDE. It’s one of the most powerful tools we can use to better our attitudes and enrich our lives. However bad we think we have it, there is someone else who has it much worse. Now, I’m not trying to guilt anyone into being happy. What I’m trying to do is get us to look outside of our immediate surroundings so we can see the whole picture. And I say “we” because we’re all guilty of forgetting how good we have it sometimes. It’s human nature. But, I think we would all have a more positive (yes, positive) perspective if we ponder for a little while how we would feel if we were given just 30 days to live.
I’m going to count my blessings tonight. I hope you do, too. xo
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