Grateful for Employment
Over 15 million Americans have lost their jobs and are unemployed today. This is the equivalent to the entire populations of Singapore, Denmark and Finland combined.
This outrageous number revealed that not only are more and more Americans unable to make a living today, the number of long-term unemployed has increased sharply since the recession officially began in December 2007.
By mid-summer (July-September 2010) nearly half of unemployed Americans (nearly 8 million people) were jobless for 27 weeks or longer (nearly 7 months.) The number of people jobless for a year or more rose from 645,000 in mid 2007 to 4.5 million this past summer!
Everyone of us knows someone who has lost a job, is having a hard time making ends meet, or has lost both their home and their job. By race, Caucasians made up nearly 74% of all unemployed people and 70% of those have been jobless for a year or more.
These trying times are exactly this. After so much greed, unjustified glory and overindulgence, what went furiously up has come down hard, and now is the time for us to all be truly grateful for what we have...be it simply good health, family, friends or shelter.
Whatever it is we wake up to, we certainly wake to the choices of how to live this day. Choose wisely and choose well. Choose foods that nourish our bodies and brains, foods that are good for the soul...for what comes around goes around, and if you are waiting for something good to appear, you first have to put it out there in this manner.
For those of us who wake to employment today ~ be grateful. For those of us who have kids ~ it is time for them to truly understand what being grateful means...looking at the world from a 'glass-half-full' perspective, particularly at this time of the year when materialistic Americana is at its peak.