Monday Money Quote: A story of perspective

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 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. 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 person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession. It is all based on  perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have, instead of worrying about wanting more – unknown

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  1. November 26, 2012 / 23:44

    What a beautiful post and amazing story! It reminds me of a friend that visited a really poor region of Peru and found that although the people had virtually nothing in terms of possessions – they were the most generous people she had come across. She described of how they would not only share their last piece of bread with you but they would insist that you have it. It really is amazing to open our eyes and see a different perspective like you say. x
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    • Becky
      November 27, 2012 / 07:14

      I know I love it I want to make everyone read it that says they dont have enough money gopfor Christmas. it is all a metter of perspective isn’t it

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