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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day Thirteen:

Modern Civilization 101: If you are reading this, you probably live on a paved street, have to obey traffic laws, pay taxes, and your toilet flushes.  Tell us what you’re most thankful for in modern civilization.

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What good is living life if you don't share all the experiences, mistakes, and knowledge you have gained? I am a grandmother, a wife, a mother of two grown children, a Jr. High Teacher for almost two decades, an elementary principal and I want to share my experiences.

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  1. In today’s society of high technology, we often forget just how good we have it. The average life expectancy in the 1930’s was 59 years old, according to “Infoplease”. Today, the average life expectancy is 78 years old. So in less than 100 years, we have raised the average lifetime by approximately 20 years. That is quite significant. I believe, the biggest reason for longer lifetimes is sanitation..

    In 2012, we are addicted to being clean. We take showers daily, use disposable products once and throw them away, and have a conucopia of anti-bacterial products at our finger-tips. Most people have access to laundry facilities so clothing and bedding is clean. Not to say that our ancestor’s were not clean, they just didn’t have access to the same modern day convieniences that we do.

    I am grateful for showers, toilets, disposable cups, my washer and dryer, liquid soap, and plumbing in general. There are so many items, that, we in the modern world take for granted. The very things that make us live longer today than any other time in history. 🙂


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