Sunday, April 3, 2011
A little perspective...
A little perspective can go a long way. As I look through the various titles of my Blog posts that discuss topics like how to save money on your cable or satellite bill, whether to buy or lease your car and which is better a BlackBerry or an Iphone, sometimes we are reminded that there are people out there who can only wish to be in a position to make such comparisons in their daily lives.
For the millions of families who were hit the hardest by the housing crash and recession that started in 2008, their day to day decisions are far different from the ones most of us make. While we think about where to go for dinner on any given night, there are families and children that cannot afford the very bare necessities of life and go to bed hungry.
The next time I complain about not having enough counter space in my kitchen, or how my washer and dryer are too close to my stove all I have to do is watch the 60 Minutes video above to remind me of how good most of us have it in life. It's true that things can always be better, but things can also be far worse.
The saying goes that persevering through life's many difficult challenges builds character and makes us stronger, but try telling that to a child who's only wish is to be like all the other kids.
The maturation process of teenagers transforming into young adults is a right of passage, children being forced to act like grown-ups however often leads to a tragic loss of innocence.