Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Winning the U.S. Lottery

It's not July 4th but lately I've been reminded of how lucky those of us who live in the U.S. are....just to be living in this flawed-but-full-of-possibilities country.

You can rent housing and even move in before signing the lease, because the level of trust is so high.

You can get a credit card in one day, in about 10 minutes, and buy thousands of dollars of stuff with 6 months of interest-free financing. Of course it was the abuse and misuse of cheap and easy credit that got us in our current financial situation, it's still better to have financing options than not to, which is the case in most places in the world.

While our minimum wage is quite low, more than half the people in the world live on less than $2.00 a day.

Our health-care system is incredibly complex and expensive-- yet we have more options for care than exist anywhere else on the planet.

So, no matter what is going on in your life today, give a quick thank-you for living in a country full of options and possibilities. Where do you think blogging began?