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Friday, October 21, 2011

Short Story: How Rich Are You?

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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, "How was the trip?"


"It was great, Dad."


"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.


"Oh yeah," said the son.


"So, tell me, what you learned 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."


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 family and 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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