"THE POOR FARMER"
One day, the father of a very rich and wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people lived. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor farming family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad," came his son's reply.
"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 have, especially your friends, and don't be jealous of what other have. Your life on earth should be storing up riches in heaven.
"The quality of your life is often measured by what you don't have rather than what you do have!"
"Pity the man who owns the world and loses his soul."
"Poor people often have richer lives."
"Life is too short, and friends are too few."
"Use things and love people, don't love things and use people."
"Life is like a cup of tea: it's how you make it."
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