From: Gary Evans
It is my fervent hope as we pause this year to celebrate the holidays that we do as Winonans before us have done and remember those less fortunate than we are by donating to causes like the 10 Days of Giving.
It is all too easy during these turbulent economic times to lament and despair over how things are this year. And while it’s true that this is the worst economic downturn most of us have seen, it is also true that we remain blessed beyond measure.
If you doubt that, consider these points:
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 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 you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75 percent of the people in this world.
If you have money in the bank, some in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top eight percent of the world’s wealthy.
As you think of those items, I’m sure you’d have to agree that we live in a great place and do well…well enough, I think, to find reason to again support this year’s “10 Days of Giving,” so people less fortunate than we are will also have a joyous season.
Our blessings are truly great. Using a bit of them to help others will make everyone feel better.