Historical Perspective May Help

Greeting. I hope that this finds you well and adapting and adjusting as best you can.

I don’t think anyone can deny that we’re living in a challenging time. Lot’s of forces and influences making life more demanding, more stressful and unless we are careful, less satisfying. I saw the following perspective on life in the waiting room at my dentist office last week. It has benefited my perspective on life and the challenges we are facing currently. I hope it will yours. The author is unknown.

As always, call me if you feel I can assist you in any way.


Historical Perspective May Help

It’s a mess out there now, hard to discern between what’s a real threat and what is just simply panic and hysteria. For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine if you were born in 1900.

On your 14th birthday, World War I starts and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war. Later in that same year, the Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday. 50 million people die from it in those two years. Yes, 50 million!

On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins. Unemployment hits 25%, and the World GDP drops 27%. That runs until you are 33. The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.

When you turn 39, World War II starts and you aren’t “over the hill” yet., but don’t try to catch your breath. On your 41st birthday, the United States is fully pulled into WWII, and between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war. Hopefully, you survived the moral insanity that occurred.

Smallpox was epidemic until you are in your 40’s, as it killed 30 million people during your lifetime.

At 50, the Korean War starts. 5 million perish. From your birth until you were 55, you dealt with the fear of polio epidemics each summer. You experience friends and family contracting polio and being paralyzed and/or dying.

At 55, the Vietnam War begins and doesn’t “end” for 20 years. 4 million people perish in that conflict. During the Cold War, you lived each day with the fear of nuclear annihilation. On your 62nd birthday, you have the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War. Life on our planet, as we know it, almost ended. When you turn 75, the Vietnam War “ends” with an armistice.

Think of everyone on the planet born in 1900. How did they endure all of that? When you were a kid in 1985 and didn’t think your 85 year – old grandparent understood how hard school was. Yet they survived through everything listed above. Perspective is an amazing art, refined and enlightening as time goes on. Let’s try and keep things in perspective. Our parents and grandparents were called to endure all of the above and yet we are called to stay home and sit on the couch!!

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