I have been in Russia for over a week. I was only able to use my own computer to access the Internet once. I woke up early, found a park bench near an apartment building, and shivering from the cold, I was able to tap into someones unsecured WiFi for a few minutes. Otherwise I had to borrow someone’s computer in an office building and clean out my email as fast as I could. In other words…excuse me for not blogging for a while.
The best thing about going to Russia is coming home. When the plane touches down in Phoenix, my heart fills with gratitude. Although we are experiencing an economic crisis, we still have more conveniences and access to possibilities than most places in the world. Here’s a few things to ponder if you live in a first-world democracy…
1. There are many countries living with ridiculous inflation. Our prices are cheap in comparison.
2. We complain about taxes yet love our clean streets, our safe neighborhoods, our ability to have our day in court, and our right to choose our leaders. In many countries, people fear their government instead of feeling protected by them.
3.The economy may be crappy yet we know it will turn around. Hope is real. In many countries, hope has little meaning.
4. We have pretty good access to clean toilets. Now that’s something to be grateful for!!
I recently read that female-owned companies are faring better during this recession than male-owned businesses. We seem to embrace change more quickly and we are more inclined to inspire our community to work together to find solutions. I think it’s also because we focus more on what we have than on what we have lost. Let’s share this “eye for gratitude” as much as we can. We have so much to appreciate in every moment.
Thanks for reading this. I am grateful for you, my community.