Statistically, you may be better off than you think

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The subject of statistics can be a pretty dry subject, but some statistics can give you something to think about. In our case statistics can make us realize just how lucky we are. We don’t know if the following stats citing actual percentage figures are 100 percent accurate, but we do know those stats made our day better.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep . . . you are richer than 75 percent living in this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish somewhere . . . you are among the top 8 percent of the world’s wealthy.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness . . . you are more blessed than the millions 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 this world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death . . . you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful . . . you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder . . . you are blessed because you can offer a healing touch.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
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A final wrap-up of statistics comes from an old gentleman buying a pair of shoes. He said he didn’t think the leather was very good. The salesman said, “The leather in these shoes will last longer than you do.” The gentleman, who was 98, said, “Young man that’s where you are wrong. Statistics show that fewer people die after 98 years of age than any other age up to that time.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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