A Story

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The father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm intention of showing his son how poor people live so that he would appreciate all he has. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their journey home the father asked his son, "So, how was the trip?" "It was great, Dad." "Did you realize 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. One person's worthless object is another's prize possession. It is all based on one's perspective. We should give thanks for all the bounty we have, instead of worrying about wanting more. Take joy in all you have, especially your friends.

-- Me (sumr545@aol.com), July 08, 2002


thansk for the reminder "Me", why dont you tell us a little about yourself??

-- Stan (sopal@net-pert.com), July 09, 2002.

Yes, thankyou! :-)

-- Patty (SycamoreHollow@aol.com), July 09, 2002.

What a nice reminder of all that which I appreciate so much, yet not enough.

-- Granny Hen (cluckin along@cs.com), July 11, 2002.

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