What am I most thankful for today???
According to the recent Economist Intellegience Unit survey, I am living (beside it actually) in one of the top 10 most livable city in the world. The city that I am referring to is Toronto, ranked 4th in the list. Two other Canadian cities were in the top 10, Vancouver is ranked No. 1 (for the past 5 years) and Calgary is 5th.
This survey just validates what every immigrant family know - that Canada is a good country to live and raise children. It is peaceful and relatively stable without the unrest and troubles of other countries (Turkey, Libya, etc). We do have access to health care, education, clean water and the basic government services.
You would think that Canadians are generally a happy people because of our blessings. Some are, but some are complainers. People here gripe about taxes, roads, traffic, garbage, budget and a whole lot of other domestic issues, that gives Toronto City, a not so picture perfect city to live.
Some of you might even be surprised to know that some Canadians suffer from depression due to work and stress. I personally find this a paradox considering the relative wealth and stability of Canada compared to other countries. Consider the global snapshot:
*1/3 of the world population live in extreme poverty with no access to basic needs like clean water
* almost half the world - over three billion people - live on less than $US 2.50 a day.
When one considers what most people don't even have, we are indeed blessed that we have the freedom and peace and even prosperity to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
So, when I hear people here complaining or getting depressed about their situation, I think of people in much worse situation than we are. I just shrug away the negative comments and accept it as part of my decision to live in this city. From the way I see it, things don't look so bad after all.
Here is beautiful picture of Toronto city by night ~
Picture credit: http://wvs.topleftpixel.com/10/09/02/