Keeping life in perspective

As we drift along in our lives from one day to the next, it’s easy for our life to become so ritualized and routine that we forget that a world exists outside of our own little one.

We may complain about exhausting Mondays, or the weekends not being long enough, or perhaps even not being paid enough.

While it’s not that these complaints aren’t legitimate, but rather these unhappy thoughts could be eliminated, or their trivialness realized, with an effort to have a less concentrated point of view. And and a view that isn’t so easily forgotten even while being immersed in your own life of taking care of children, paying bills, going to work or whatever the case may be.

Because the reality is, is that a gigantic world exists outside of our own – a world that inhabits just more than 7 billion people, according to current census data.

Among that, a world exists that many of us like to turn the other cheek to because it “doesn’t concern us” or makes us uncomfortable – a world of hunger and poverty.

But it does concern us. As globalization prevails, the world is becoming increasingly connected and therefore humans are becoming increasingly dependent on one another, no matter location.

To promote progress and a generally healthy, happy idea of humanity, we should care about hunger and poverty outside of our own little worlds.

If you were able to spare the few coins it costs to purchase a copy of this paper, you should be thankful that you can afford a luxury that many in the world can’t. Yes, being able to afford and read a copy of your daily newspaper is a luxury.

According to, more than three billion people – almost half of the world – live on less than $2.50 a day.

After that long, somewhat soul-crushing introduction, I offer you insight as to what I personally am thankful for this Thanksgiving season: my job, doing what I love.

Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be an author. Of course, I changed my mind here and there, but always ended up back at writing.

But yet, despite being employed doing what I love … like most people, I still at times take my life situation for granted; at times I complain about my weekend not being long enough, dread Monday and yearn for Friday, or fret over my workload.

But when I step back and take a look at the reality of my situation, I quickly snap out of that negative funk.

The fact that I’m even employed at all, when many in the world struggle to even put food in their starving bellies, is enough to knock those ungrateful thoughts right out of my brain.

Beyond simply being thankful for being employed, I’m thankful that I was able to secure a job in my field of newspaper journalism, an apparently increasing rarity due to the rapid digital expansion and consequent dissipation of physical print. (My opinion? Print is evolving, not disappearing.)

I’m thankful to have a job with wonderful co-workers who support my journalistic endeavors and have turned into wonderful friends.

Furthermore, I’m thankful to work among some of the most talented journalists and editors in Pennsylvania, who I continue to learn valuable skills from each day.

I’m thankful that I have achieved my childhood dream of having my very own byline.

But when I take a step back from that concentrated view, I can’t reiterate enough that I’m thankful to simply have a job at all in a world where so many others suffer; a world where people exist who, no matter their wishes and dreams, unfortunately have a life situation where the only hope that they can afford to have is the hope that they are able to feed themselves for the next day. So, I challenge readers to step back, even just for a moment, to truly appreciate your life situation.

Hewitt is the asisstant lifestyle editor and a reporter at the Sun-Gazette.

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