Wealth and Thanksgiving

I have been toying with the concept of wealth for awhile.  By all western traditional concepts our family is not wealthy.  Our “savings” account is lucky to see $ get deposited, our gas tanks seem to always be on E and we find ourselves perpetually catching up on bills.  However, my sissy recently told me she had heard if you own a house and one car, you are in the tippy top percentages of wealthy people in the world.  This really got me thinking so I did a bit more poking around and found that if you  have food, clothes and a house you are richer than 75% of the world.  If you have $10 in your pocket you are part of the 8% world’s most wealthy.  If you woke up with more health than sickness you are more blessed than millions.  If you can read this you are more fortunate than 3 billion who cannot read.  And suddenly, I was humbled.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we hold most dear in our lives.  Even if we won the lottery tomorrow, I doubt our list would change dramatically.  It is with this thought in mind that I begin a new series that we will return to periodically over the next year.  It is simply entitled “Today we are wealthy in ______!”

And today it is turnips!

From the Wolowiks this Thanksgiving, we wish you mountains of thankfulness and boatloads of gratitude.


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