Saturday, August 8, 2009

How poor or rich are you.........


A reminder is sometimes good....


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

They spent a couple days and nights on the farm of what would be considered to be 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 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, but 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? It makes one 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 friends!

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

13 comments:

Heathpark Lodge said...

How right the lad is. Count your blessings.

montieandme said...

Thank you Baron for this post, the best things in life are free!!

richies said...

Great story!

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ellievellie said...

That makes a great tost - every tamada will be proud to have this story in his story collection. Nazdorovie! For the rich folks!

Thom said...

This is an awesome post...I love it. Free things can make one go a long long way :)

Canajun said...

Nice. I like that.

Peter (Worldman): said...

This is really something very beautiful. The son has given a good lesson to his father. And it would be great if people realise the sense behind this.

Anji said...

What a good lesson for us all. A lovely story.

Lady Ridesalot said...

I just love this post! How true!!

Sometimes we need to look at things through eyes of a child. Not as many preconceived notions that way.

Thanks for sharing this great reminder of what's really important.

George said...

What a wonderful story. And what a wise boy.

Lance said...

Thanks Baron for this reminder.

Jarlin Paul said...

Great one, Baron. It is always good to appreciate what we have and our friends.

luckyjo said...

Hi, Baron...
This story illustrates the importance of living if we are always grateful of any kind that we have, not limited to the prosperity, but especially when in difficult times...

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