How Poor We Are!
One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the
country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.
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 can be?" the
father asked. "Oh Yeah" said the son. "So 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
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
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."
With this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks dad
for showing me how poor we are."
Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't
have. What is one person's worthless object is another's prize possession.
It is all based on one's perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen
we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have, instead of worrying about
wanting more. Take joy in all you have, especially your friends.