Monday, June 8, 2009

Riches


Lessons Learned

by: Author Unknown, Source Unknown

One day, the father of a very wealthy family
took his son on a trip to the country
with the express 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.”

Let's take time today to think about
how very RICH we are.

20 comments:

Grandma J said...

Wow! Out of the mouth of babes.

That's a very powerful lesson.

Sally's World said...

i've got the kids reading it too, a great lesson! thanks for sharing xxx

Alicia said...

Oh, Rebekah..I love that one!!!!

Suki said...

I love that! It's a ery wonderful story and I hope everybody of us will think about how rich we are.

Trudy said...

That is a beautiful and powerful story...I love it! Don't you just love how kids can see things we can't sometimes. It always amazes me how much the 'world' affects our view on things. I like to think that's how God would have seen this farm too!

Nurse Nancy said...

Great words and a great photo!

mamamia said...

love this story! thanks for sharing!

April said...

Wonderful lesson, my friend! THANK YOU!!!

Kate in NJ said...

Great post. :-)

jennykate77 said...

Very good stuff! We should always remember what truly makes us rich.

You're always so thought provoking.

Hope you're having a great week so far!

Love ya!

Darlene said...

I LOVE that!!♥

Karen Deborah said...

awesome it's all in how we see it.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a fantastic life lesson. Thanks for sharing.

queenofphrump said...

I love this. So true. Seeing through the eyes of babes.

Liz said...

Loved it!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Great lesson!

Live.Love.Eat said...

SO cool. I LOVE that story!!!!!!!!

theArthurClan said...

That's such a wonderful story...and oh how true!

Danielle said...

So beautiful! It makes you step back and realize that sometimes you have to put things in perspective. The best way to do that is to simplify! Awesome story.

SKELLER said...

totally beautiful!