Holten: Focus on your blessings

"Perhaps American Poet Walt Whitman said it best when he said, 'Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you,'" writes Kevin Holten.

Kevin Holten
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Do you know what’s both interesting and amazing? It’s that, as of today in 2022, there have been nearly 133 million births in the world this year. And there have been 66 million deaths.

In other words, there has been a net gain in population growth of about 66 million, just this year. Which puts our total global population now at 8 billion people.

So, to put population numbers into perspective, in 1776, when this nation was officially formed, the population of the United States was a mere 2.5 million. Now that population figure has risen to 330 million in just 246 years.

There’s no wonder that we have more problems getting along with each other in this modern age. After all, with that population total, we are constantly bumping into each other.

But it is odd isn’t it that, with how much we marvel at the accomplishments of modern medicine today, that there are still 66.5 million global deaths just this year alone.


After all, it took a global war the size of World War II, to kill off 60 million people in a good part of a decade. Now we are killing off more people than that in only one year.

The fact is, when it comes to the worldwide annual death rate, modern medicine is its own worst enemy. Because of those 66 million deaths in 2022, as of today, 42.6 million of those deaths in 2022 were caused by abortion.

Those are up-to-the-moment statistics provided by

So, the fact is, no matter what side of the fence you reside on when it comes to the issue of abortion, it’s quite phenomenal to note that nearly 64 percent of the deaths in the world in 2022 were self-inflicted.

And what are some other interesting statistics?

Nearly twice as many bicycles as cars were produced worldwide this year. With total bicycles sold at 154 million. There were nearly 8 billion global Google searches. And 825 million people fit into the obese category.

Over 776 million people worldwide have no access to healthy drinking water. And, in fact, over 843,000 people died from drinking contaminated water this year. Plus, over 44 million people were infected with HIV/AIDS.

And further, according to, 80 million barrels of oil were drilled worldwide this year so far. And according to them, we only have 40 years left before we use up all of our global oil reserves.


By now you must be saying to yourself as I am: Is there any good news? I’m sure there is. In fact, I’m sure that there is an overwhelming amount of good news. The fact is, we just never hear about it.

So based upon that, what we might have to be more concerned about than a global recession is a global depression. How do we avoid it based upon the negative information that we are inundated with each day?

According to Roy T. Bennett, author of a book titled ‘The Light in the Heart’ it’s as simple as this: “Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.”

But perhaps American Poet Walt Whitman said it best when he said, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine—and shadows will fall behind you.”

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