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 proudly.
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,
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's persons worthless object
is another's prize possession.
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 what you have and see the treasure in it.