If I win the lottery, I’ll donate a million dollars to charity.
I used to say that all the time. Have you ever said it?
I truly wanted to give to charity, and I truly wanted the world to be a better place. I just didn’t feel like there was much I could do today, because today I didn’t have enough money. But someday I would. And if I won the lottery, that someday would arrive much sooner than I thought. Then, I could do the right thing and give to charity.
But I’d overlooked that I’d already won the lottery. I already had so much.
Physical: I am in pretty good shape. I have two legs, arms, eyes, ears that all worked.
Mental: I can read. I went to elementary, junior, and high school, and then got a college degree. I have access to libraries and the internet, where I can learn and discover all kinds of helpful information such as how I can take better care of my health.
Emotional: I have family and friends who love me and support me.
Socioeconomic: I am privileged to be born in the United States where I can turn on a faucet and safe drinking water comes out. I can take my garbage to the curb, and it will be picked up and removed to a safe place. I can go to a grocery store to buy food. I can go to the movies with my husband and spend an hour and a half being entertained. I sleep on a mattress and live in an air-conditioned home.
Around the world, billions of people don’t have these luxuries. Billions of people would sacrifice their own life if they knew it would mean their children would have access to these benefits. Billions of people wish that they could have won the lottery that you’ve won.
That’s not to say life is easy, because we all have our challenges. But give now, not someday, because you’ve already won the lottery.