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 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 the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” 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 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 person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective.
When we take time to measure what we have, the result is our perception of life.
If we have love, friends, health, sense of humour and positive thinking, we have everything in life.
If we are poor of spirit then … we have a problem!
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 and appreciate every single thing you have, especially your parents, lover and friends.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them,
but then an entire life to forget them. Send this phrase to the people you’ll never forget.
If you don’t send it to anyone, it means you’re in a hurry and that you’ve forgotten your friends.
Take the time to live!
Do not value the THINGS
you have in your life. But value WHO you have in your life!
Life’s short. If you don’t look around once in a while, you might miss it. There is no going back!
LESSON: It’s not about money that makes us rich, it’s about simplicity and having a good heart in ourselves.
It got me thinking, many of my friends admire the life I have and they are so rich, however, they do not seem satisfied enough.