There are so many things we can be thankful for in our lives. All too often the greed inside pushes us to look at what we don’t have instead of being grateful for what we do have.
My what a dangerous world we live in. At least that is what you may think if you listen to the news. The latest boogeyman is ISIS, an Islamic group trying to establish a Sharia state by an means necessary. They are brutes and have committed terrible atrocities, but you know what? For all of their war mongering, they have failed to impact our safety in the slightest.
People all across the world, not just Americans, have been enjoying a trend of increasing safety over the past several decades. We are so connected globally that we know when 10 people die in another country in a shooting. It feels like we are unsafe because we can see pictures or even video of the attack while it is occurring. Past generations have never had to deal with this level of information overload. Yet, despite all of this, if you sit down and analyze the numbers, the world is becoming a gentler, nicer place to live. Slate.com has a great article about this topic aptly titled, “The World is Not Falling Apart“.
I am thankful that we live in a great neighborhood where Frugal Boy can go outside and play while neighbors keep a watchful eye on the pack of wandering children. I am thankful that Shae and I have never been assaulted, stolen from, or had property vandalized. I am thankful that I need not worry about my wife’s safety when she is out by herself. I am thankful that it has never been necessary for my country to call upon me to go to war. I am thankful that I have not lost any family or friends to an act of violence.
The world really is a safe place, you just have to turn off the news.
What safety are you thankful for?