My great-great-grandparents lived in Russia in the second half of the 1800s. Imagine their reactions if they could spend just a few weeks living in my world. My hunch is they would be amazed, even gleeful, about the following blessings that most Americans enjoy and take for granted:
- We generally feel safe from physical violence.
- We have enough to eat.
- We can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables every day of the year.
- We live in a democracy with regular elections and the peaceful transition of power from one leader to the next.
- All adult citizens have the right to vote, regardless of their gender, race or religion.
- People routinely live to the age of 80 and beyond.
- We have tremendous amounts of free time. We no longer need to work 12 hours a day six days a week.
- We can talk for free to virtually anyone on the planet at any time.
- We can travel great distances in just a few hours to visit friends and family.
And the list goes on and on.
Next time you forget how fortunate you are, try to see the world through your ancestors’ eyes … or better yet, through the eyes of people living today who aren’t as fortunate as you. We have so much to be grateful for.