Blessed in the U.S.A.

Have you ever heard
The story about the bird
That screamed every night,
All night, for a week?

Well, needless to say,
That bird is dead now.
But we did raise a
Memorial in his name.

On the top of his cage
Sits a gold-plated chicken head.
It doesn’t make a sound,
Which is the way we like it.

But seriously,
What do you think
Of the weather today?
What did you eat for breakfast?

In some places,
There are floods,
Tornados, typhoons,
And earthquakes.

In some places,
People are killed in the street,
Simply for being
In the wrong place at the wrong time.

Lots of people go
Without breakfast
Every morning.
How does that make you feel?

I think that if we all thought
About how much worse
So many other people have it,
On a regular basis,

We might realize
How good we have it,
Even when we have what we call
“A bad day”.

So does that possibly mean
That no matter how bad we have it,
That at the end of the day,
We should look back and say,
“I had a good day today”?

Because even when it seems like
Everything went wrong,
If we’re really honest with ourselves,
We would acknowledge that

There were so many things,
Things that people like us
Take so much for granted,
That went completely right!

Ask yourself,
“Did I have food to eat this morning?”
“Do I have running water?”
“Do I have air conditioning?”

“Do I have a job?”
“Do I have a car?”
“Do I have a house?”
“Do I have children?”

“Am I free to do
Whatever I choose to do?”
“Can I go
Wherever I want to go?”

“Can I talk to whomever I want?”
“Can I stay home when I’m sick,
And still get paid?”
“Do I have insurance?”

The list goes on and on,
But I think you probably
Get the idea.
You might not have all these things,

But you do
Have it pretty good.

Don’t you think?

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Author: Gordon S. Bowman III

Writer, Visual Artist, Blogger, Advocate

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