05/07/2014 02:30 pm ET Updated Jul 07, 2014

Three Pairs of Shoes

I once read that people in Third World countries believe that anyone who has three pairs of shoes is affluent.

How many pairs of shoes do you have?

If you find yourself complaining because you're experiencing a financial shortfall, you might want to reconsider whether you have anything to grouse about. That is, if you have more than three pairs of shoes.

As you know, the term Third World refers to many small countries that were former colonies. They gained their independence and then were faced with developing themselves economically, enduring hardships like poverty, disease and famine.

Now I'm not saying that First World countries don't have their serious struggles. They do and hunger, homelessness and violence top the list. But when it comes to financial fortune, many people in First World countries have all they need and often much more.

Perspective is everything and when we look at life through a Third World lens we can begin to see abundance everywhere.

A full stomach.
A roof over our heads.
A job.
A closet with more than three pairs of shoes.

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