Saturday, December 17, 2011

Perspective

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One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country 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, "What did you think of the trip?"

"It was great, Dad."

"Did you see how the poor people lived?" 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 have 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."

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...

~Author of story unknown~

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Autumn said...

Perspective is very important around this time of year! I like the story you shared, it definitely makes me think more about how much I really have, instead of how much I don't.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful story...

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