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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Good Reads...

As I was going through some old files on my computer, I came across a couple of "good ones" that I thought I'd share... 

As the World Turns

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.

There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the north and south Western Hemisphere
8 would be Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-white
30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
(ONE)1 would be near death;
(ONE)1 would be near birth;

(ONE)1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education;
(ONE)1 (yes,only1) would own computer.

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

And, therefore . . .
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 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 money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds’ wealthy.

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 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 your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare, even in the United States.

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 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 read this message, you have just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

As you read this and are reminded how life is in the rest of the world, remember just how blessed you really are.

 And this one always makes me laugh!

20  Ways To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity

1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.

3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.

5. Put decaf in The coffee maker for 3 weeks.  Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

6. In the memo field of all your checks, write “for marijuana".

7. Finish all your sentences with "in accordance with the prophecy".

9. Skip down the hall rather than walk and see how many looks you get.

10. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go".

12. Sing along at the opera.

14. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.

15. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you have a headache.

17. When the money comes out the ATM, scream "I won! I won!"

18.  When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling "Run for your lives! They're loose!"

19. Tell your children over dinner, "due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."

20. And the final way to keep a healthy level of insanity.. it's called THERAPY


6 comments:

  1. Not only do I now feel more thankful, I also had a nice laugh...diet water..ha!

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    1. Those things crack me up every time!! I especially like the "would you like fries with that?" and have used that more than once when dealing with very bossy and demanding coworkers!

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  2. wow...it really is amazing when you compress the numbers like that. We so easily forget that life's little pleasures we enjoy, would be huge luxury for others. survival even.

    Love the ATM one.....if only it were true.

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    1. It sure is! Whenever I start to take things for granted and complain, I try so hard to remind myself that it could be worse. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but I try!

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  3. That's really interesting, I think people that live in the u.s. should stop complaining even though things are bad they probably could be worse. LOL! At number 14 and 19. : )

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    1. I agree Joseph! Often I am in the midst of ranting and I'm like, hello? Roof over your head? Check! Running water and electricity? Check! Quit complaining!

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