There's a lot going on in the world and in our own country right now that is less than ideal.
I think it's safe to say that many of us tend to forget to be grateful for what we have, in terms of health and creature comforts.
Anyone watching the news coverage of Hurricane Katrina is probably regaining a little perspective on what's really important, but in case you need more, here are a few tips:
1) Watch Sarah MacLachlan's video "World On Fire." Even if you're not a Sarah fan, or even if you've already seen this video, it's worth a look. Be warned, it might make you cry.
2) Go see "The Constant Gardener." This movie is a fine example of acting and filmmaking, but it also gives some startling examples of how Western governments and corporations view Africa and its people. One case in point: when a character, talking about "donations" of expired prescription medications to Africa, says "disposable medications for disposable people."