How glorious a first day of 2015 to feel so completely enriched in a life built around the fortitude of daily work. The stars have aligned to feel the gift of the universe in my world of plenty. If we all take stock of our hearts, minds, and our spaces around us, we can see that we have been enabled by some universal power and spirit to have more and therefore do the goodwill of the world. We have enough while others have little to none.
Consider this from the WorldBank.org poverty overview:
- According to the most recent estimates, in 2011, 17 percent of people in the developing world lived at or below $1.25 a day. This means that, in 2011, just over one billion people lived on less than $1.25 a day.
Even if the current rate of progress is to be maintained, some 1 billion people will still live in extreme poverty in 2015—and progress has been slower at higher poverty lines. In all, 2.2 billion people lived on less than US $2 a day in 2011, the average poverty line in developing countries and another common measurement of deep deprivation. That is only a slight decline from 2.59 billion in 1981.
In some developing countries, we continue to see a wide gap – or in some cases – widening gap between rich and poor, and between those who can and cannot access opportunities. It means that access to good schools, healthcare, electricity, safe water and other critical services remains elusive for many people who live in developing economies. Other challenges, such as economic shocks, food insecurity and climate change threaten to undermine the progress made in recent years.
These are figures from the developing world, mind you. So, would you like to take a brief journey into the Unites States statistics of median household income? I’ve looked up some information here. (see page 13)
- Median household income was $51,939 in 2013.
- In 2013, real median household income was 8% lower [my emphasis] than in 2007 (the year before the most recent recession).
In 2013, households with the highest median household incomes were in
the Northeast ($56,775) and the West ($56,181), followed by the Midwest
($52,082) and the South ($48,128).
Why all of these statistics on this first day of the year in 2015, you might ask? It’s a way of stating that I’m thankful to be alive, to be working, to have health benefits, and to inform everyone that if you’re earning anywhere near the median household level (especially if you’re without children) and you’re reading this, then you have more than enough. You have plenty and it’s time to do the right thing and spread some goodwill. Do it locally. Let’s put our hands out, not in request, but in giving.
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