One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip
to the country side 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
‘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 stream that has no end.
We have imported lights in our garden and they have the stars at
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 which
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 friends!
Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh
their perspective and appreciation. ‘Life is too short and friends
are too few.’
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