Today’s post is the monthly reflection from the November 2004 issue of  The Front Porch Newsletter.  If you would like to automatically receive The Front Porch e-newsletter on the last Thursday of each month just click here to sign-up for your complimentary subscription.

BroomAs you celebrate Thanksgiving this month, take a moment to sweep off your own front porch … and count your blessings. The following story has circulated the internet, yet as we give thanks, it certainly seems to serve as a humble reminder.

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 can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death — you are more blessed than three billion 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% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace — you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married — you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.

If you can read this message — you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

Wishing you a meaningful Thanksgiving and a great start to a Holiday Season filled with joy!