One day a father and his rich family took his young son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be.
They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“Very good, Dad!” Responded the boy enthusiastically
“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.
“Yeah!” replied the boy.
“And what did you learn?”
The son answered, “I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, they have the stars. Our patio reaches the front yard, they have a whole horizon.”
He further added, solemnly “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are!”
When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.
Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude toward life, you’ve got everything! You can’t buy any of these things. You can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!
Remember this important lesson when you hear yourself lamenting the fact that you have something that others don’t. Plenty of people would look at your life and find something they would do anything to have for themselves;
A roof over their head, access to high quality education, a loving family, clean water, a constant supply of food…
Try to get into the habit of vocalising your gratitude for everything you have in your life. Remember, perspective is everything.