One day, the father of a very wealthy family took their son on a trip to the
country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what
would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son,
'How was the trip?'

'It was great, Dad.'

'Did you see how poor people live?' the father asked.
'Oh yeah,' said the son.

'So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip' asked the father.

The son answered:

'I saw that we have one dog and they had the four.'

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and
they have a creek that has no end..

We have imported lanterns in our garden and
they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and
they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and
they have fields that go beyond our sight..

We have servants who serve us, but
they serve others.

We buy our food, but
they grow theirs.

We have walls around our property to protect us,
they have friends to protect them.'

The boy's father was speechless.

Then his son added, 'Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.'

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing??

Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for
everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.

Appreciate every single thing you have,
especially your family and friends!

'Life is too short and friends are too few.'


Anonymous said...

My family and I, are by definition poor, but we have so much going for us. Thank you for reminding me what we have and to be thankful for it.

May 29, 2009 at 4:33 AM said...

Hello Blogangel (*love* the name) :)

Thank you for sharing!

When my girlfriend sent this story to touched my heart deeply,and gave me the perspective that I needed.

I often write down - nightly 5 things I am GRATEFUL for throughout that day. I had forgotten because sometimes I have little "pitty parties" lol...
This was a grand reminder for me as well.

Cheers & Hugs

May 29, 2009 at 6:37 AM
positively present said...

Wonderful little story. We should all consider our perspectives on life and do what we can to be thankful all of the time. Most of us are so blessed and we often take our blessings for granted. Great reminder to be thankful here!

May 29, 2009 at 8:38 AM
Andrea said...

Beautiful post.

May 30, 2009 at 4:35 AM
Unknown said...

Gosh those words are so true for so many. What is it about the human being that they just either have to be jolted into realizing the goodness they have or told every second?
I have always reminded my children in no uncertain terms to just be grateful for what they have.

Very inspiring words :)

May 30, 2009 at 4:01 PM
josie said...

the story is very enlightening, thanks for sharing it with us

June 1, 2009 at 6:12 AM
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