A couple of things happened this week that, while not related, made me think.
1- Part of my job duties include answering e-mails for the supermarket chain where I work. While most are pretty ordinary- looking for an item, compliment, question, etc., there are others that just set me off. We have raised the bar very high in terms of customer service so I understand why our shoppers expect more but sometimes a particular letter just gets my goat. We received one this week from a lady who was very upset with our deli. Why? When we slice her cheese it doesn’t fall into a neat stack, sometimes a few are turned and then there is potential for the corners to break and heaven forbid we would have to eat a slice of cheese with a broken corner. She went on and on with a laundry list of complaints. Luckily, I did not have to answer this one as I might have had to rewrite a few times!
2- We have a home in Manzanillo, Mexico where we spend some time in the winter. Manzanillo was hit by Hurricane Jova this week and while we didn’t have any damage, thousands of people lost all their belongings and their homes were destroyed or damaged. The pictures and video of the are heart-wrenching. Many of the people there don’t have much to begin with and now they have nothing. Homes are filled with mud, streets and bridges are damaged. Emergency shelters are set up but it will take a long time for the rural areas to recover from this.
The cheese complaint and the hurricane, while two totally different occurrences, reminded me of this quote.
If you have:
Food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep..
-You are richer than 75% of the world.
If you have:
Money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change..
-You are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthiest.
If you are:
Attending college, or planning on attending college..
-You are among the top 1% educated globally.
If you woke up this morning,
with more health than illness.
-You are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced:
the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation.
-You are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering.
If you are reading this message:
you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
We all take these things for granted, and most of us who apply to everything on this can still find things to complain about. We’re so lucky but we don’t realize it. so just think about how fortunate you are, be thankful for the loved ones in your life, and smile.