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 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, “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
From one of the mailing lists I’m subscribing to. Thanks Wido for forwarding this my way.