So winter storm Barbara is starting her run across the country and many Christmas lights are going to be blown over. This morning I went shopping with my wife for the Christmas supplies and it was crazy – all around people were filling their shopping trolleys with more and more stuff and I have to wonder just how much of the stuff we all buy at Christmas is necessary? Of course the answer is very little but we all do it anyway even when some of us can’t really afford to do it – perhaps in the long run we all can’t but that is another story for another time.
It looks like storm Babbs will finally blow herself out just after the Christmas period is over just in time for us all to take stock and get ready to make those New Year’s resolution that usually never make it out of January. Yet those of us lucky to live in the rich west don’t know just how lucky we really are. I was reading an article in the Economist the other day which said that something like if you are worth a ridiculously small amount of money, perhaps as small as $1000 then you are some of the richest people on the plant. I suspect the figures might slightly be out but the point is very true. We in the west are rich beyond the dreams of most of the people in the world, in fact probably beyond the dreams of most of the people who have ever lived yet we still fill our trolleys full of stuff we don’t really need at Christmas.
To try and fact check this I just googled richest 10% of the world and got result about the richest people in the world, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett et al. Yes these people are richer than anything anyone can imagine but if you are able to run a Google search then the chances are you are too.
So why not embrace the fact that you are rich? Why not this Christmas just accept that idea for one moment? Perhaps then we might find Christmas just a little more than whether we can afford to put lights around our houses and just enjoy the little things. I doubt I will do this but then again I am one of the richest 10% in the world so naturally I want more. I never claimed to be perfect.