Dan Asmussen shared an inspiring story on Facebook, one that shows us that even with all the possessions in the world, people can still be “poor” when it comes to the substance of their lives. It’s unclear whether the story is a fable, but its message is definitely one that we should all listen to, as it shows us that perspective is everything, and sometimes, even the most expensive items can’t replace the little things that matter.
The post reads:
One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “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.” The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really 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 one’s perspective.
Sometimes it takes the perspective of a child to remind us what’s important.
Interesting, isn’t it? Just shows that money isn’t anything when it comes to being rich. It has to do with how loved you are by friends and family. That is where the riches truly are.
What did you think about this story and the lesson it gave? Share your thoughts in the comment section and share this on your twitter/facebook wall for discussion.
H/T – IJReview