~Health, when we are fortunate enough to experience it daily.
~Fresh, clean drinking water.
~Food so plentiful our homeless are well fed by global standards.
~Plumbed, sanitary dwellings.~Warm places to rest our heads.
~Clothes, ample enough to cover ourselves a month or more.
~Peace on a national, state and local level.
~Family. Friends. Neighbors. Community.~Vehicles – one per adult driver is common.
~Paved roads. Public parks. Ample, reliable utilities.
~Music, movies, books galore.
~Computer technology which makes time and space easily manipulated.
~Information so ample that no human brain could fathom its depths.
This Christmas let’s reflect upon what gifts we have and share these joys with those we love. One of the greatest gifts around is inner peace. Without these gifts it would be difficult to remain tranquil and focused. The irony is that we as Americans can be more unsettled than our developing world neighbors. We have so much to be thankful for this Christmas season. With all of these gifts which we normally take for granted, let’s give freely, knowing that we have more as Americans than the multitudes in slums scattered throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. The least we could do is extend our extra resources this Christmas, remembering what we already have been given, and make a difference in someone else’s life who may live without one or more of these luxuries.