Friday, June 12, 2009

Bottom Billion, Blessings and Beyonce

Do you know that there are 1 billion people in this world who occupy the lowest rung of the economic ladder? Do you know that statistically, these 1 billion people will never, ever escape this socio-economic status? They will remain in this abject poverty from their birth to their death, from cradle to grave. Do you know that these people are the bottom billion, beyond the global poverty line? That means there are billions and billions of people who exist below the poverty line, but the bottom billion of which I am referencing is the bottom of the bottom.

If you have the luxury of reading this, in English, then you are obviously not in this group. The 'random roll' of the dice has enabled you to be born in a time, place, family and country, where you are not statistically doomed to be or remain in abject poverty.

If you can read this, you are truly blessed. The next time you covet that gorgeous bag Beyonce has or her shoes or her life, remember this. The chances of you having a life like Beyonce, are less than 1 in a billion. The chance that you could have been born in the bottom billion, is a billion times more likely.

Embrace who your are, develop what talents you have and hone them to a razor sharp edge. Do this so that you can contribute your talents where they are needed. Perhaps by six degrees of separation, someone you help helps someone, who helps someone else, who helps someone else, who helps someone else, who helps someone else, you indirectly touch and lift one person out of the bottom billion pit.

So the next time you whine about or lament the fact that you don't have what someone has, like a Beyonce, know that you probably have no idea about the pressures that she has to deal with on a daily basis. Nor do you have the support that she likely has or the coping skills that she has honed over the course of her career.

Most importantly, know that it is more likely that you could have been born in the bottom billion, or below the world poverty line, than it is for you to have been born a Beyonce or someone who had her opportunities.

Relish and bask in the knowledge that you are blessed to be who you are: a beautiful creature who walks in the sun who has the opportunity every day to lift someone up. The person that you help may not be mired in the bottom billion, but you never know.

Illuminate the pathway of your steps already taken, and those you have yet to take,
with the lamplight of your Soul
always reflects your inner light and beauty.

How? By being conscious of and counting your blessings.

1 comment:

C said...

Kudos to you for this post. I was born in Sudan, East Africa and can see quite clearly the difference between the lives people are able to live here in the U.S. versus the lives many people over there only dream of.