WHAT IT MEANS TO BE POOR
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
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 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
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
It is all based on one’s perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen
if 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.