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Are We Rich or Are We Poor?



One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing his son how poor people can be.  They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.  On the return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, dad."
"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.
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 yard 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."
With this the boys father was speechless. Then the son added, "Thanks dad for showing me how poor we 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...

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