People need to be thankful each time they get up in the morning, as there are people who do not even get to see tomorrow. Life is unexpected and you never know when the grim reaper will come knocking at your door.
Instead of waiting for the knock, learn to live your life to the fullest, thanking the Almighty for all He has bestowed upon you. When you do feel like complaining about a pimple, a runny rose, and the concert you could not go to, read the following points to stop complaining:
- Over 121 million do not receive a proper education.
- Over 15 million children are orphaned because their parents die of HIV/AIDS.
- Over 4 million children die each year because they do not have access to clean, safe drinking water and live in an unsanitary environment.
- Over 600 million people live on $2.00 each day and over 385 million live on $1.00 each day.
- Approximately twenty-seven to twenty-eight percent of children living in developing countries are underweight.
- 870 million people globally do not have sufficient food to eat.
- An estimated 6 billion people do not have electricity in their homes.
- Diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea, both preventable, take the life of 2 million children each year because they are too poor to afford treatment.
- An estimated 425 million children under the age of 18 do not have access to safe, clean water.
- At the end of 2013, it was reported that 8 million children under the age one 1 remain unvaccinated.
- Approximately 20 million children globally have vacated their homes due to human rights violation and conflict.
- About 40 million children under 15 have suffered from abuse, violence, and neglect.
- About 2 million children are trafficked globally each year.
- About 130 million children of developing countries under the age of 17 have lost one or both parents.
- About 126 million globally work in a hazardous environment, and often have to go through humiliations, sexual abuse, and beatings.
The statistics tell a chilling scenario of people who are living in torment every day and here, we complain about how our parents treat us unfairly, why we have to go to school, and how we do not want to eat the meat loaf. Some of the children will be grateful to get an education, to have food on the table, and to have parents.
Be thankful, as there is a child or a person who would do anything to be in your place.
A Selection of Quotes About Charity & Philanthropy
“My father was a man of great charity towards the poor, and compassion for the sick, and also for servants; so much so, that he never could be persuaded to keep slaves, for he pitied them so much: and a slave belonging to one of his brothers being once in his house, was treated by him with as much tenderness as his own children.” ~ Saint Teresa of Avila
“Money can add very much to one’s ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale. The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing.” ~ David Rockefeller
“Effective philanthropy requires a lot of time and creativity – the same kind of focus and skills that building a business requires.” ~ Bill Gates
“We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.” ~ Pope Francis
“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” ~ Alice Walker
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