Most of us born in the Western world, no matter how little we think we have, are wealthy by global standards. If we have clothes on our back, food in our belly, regular access to clean water, and a roof over our head, we have a lot to be thankful for. Nearly half the world’s population lives in poverty (on less than $2.50 a day) and more than a billion people live in extreme poverty (on less than $1.25 a day).
I have so much to be thankful for including:
- My family.
- My friends and coworkers (that is, all the many caring people I’ve worked with—nurses, aides, and others—who I consider friends and extended family) who care for the sick and dying every day.
- The many patients, and their families, I have had the privilege to serve and from whom I have learned so much about life, death, and everything in between.
- The sacred splendor of Creation and Nature.
- Good health.
- A piping hot cup of tea.
- You, for reading this.