US and Canada represent 5% of the world’s population but almost 30% of the world’s wealth. Africa is home to double the world’s population yet only 1.5% of the world’s wealth. (source)
Yet when polled, 98% of American’s considered themselves NOT rich.
Rich is a moving target one that apparently only 2% of Americans (the richest countries in the world) feel they ever reach.
If you were to ask me if I were rich I would have said no…but I think I had a perspective problem.
From Craig Groeschel’s book “weird” he met a young man who heard “stories” of rich people that lived like this:
“There are some people who are so rich, they own a car! I think it’s only 3 to 5% of people in the world so not many, but some people are so rich, they own TWO cars! Some of these people even have a house for their cars! It’s called a garage, …then they get in their cars and they eat at restaurants, they are so rich they pay other people to make their food and serve it to them!…Some of these people are so rich they have special rooms in their home just for their clothes! Nobody sleeps in there, only clothes on hangers and shelves like a store. Some are so rich they have a closet for the man and for the woman. Clothes for hot weather, cold weather, some for work, some for church. It’s crazy! “
What’s crazy is how blind I have been to how MUCH I have compared to how little so many others have.
What’s crazy is how I sit here in my comfy pajamas and type on my computer, the hum of the TV in the background, a full belly, and pretend I don’t have it made!!
I am realizing how BLESSED I am and thinking twice before I complain about ANYTHING. I am shifting more toward living in gratitude instead of want.
Here are some things I could be prone to complain about lately:
- I backed my husband’s car (because we have two cars) into the side of the garage (because we have a garage).
- I can’t decide what to wear because I have so many choices!
- And my house could use another de-cluttering. Because we can afford “clutter.”
I will take these “problems” any day over not knowing where I will sleep or if I will eat tonight.
Check out Rich Word Problems. It’s a blog dedicated to all the humors stuff we complain about like:
- I lost my phone and it’s on silent
- I just updated my status with important news, one hour later, no comments.
- My computer is operating at least 1 second slower that it did yesterday.
- I just got used to the old facebook and then they changed it again!
Let’s encourage each other to live in gratitude and laugh at all of our “rich people problems.”
We have a LOT to be thankful for.
What is something silly you have complained about lately?