Thanks for everything you have…

Posted: May 11, 2008 in Life
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One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son 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 form 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.”

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!

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Comments
  1. Hey hey,

    I was just tag surfing when I chanced upon your blog entry… And I had to leave you a comment because the story you shared spoke volumes.

    My family has been problematic for a while now and I just went through a painful break up. There was this period when I yearned for a happy family and a happy relationship. But that yearning for something which I did not have only brought more pain and suffering.

    How true that if we stopped worrying about what we didn’t have and just gave thanks for everything that we had, life would be so much meaningful and beautiful. Because no matter what we’re going through, we all have our little blessings, don’t we? 🙂

    Do keep writing and inspiring alright? Because I am certainly going to add your blog to my RSS feeds.

    I’ve a blog too! notjustskindeep.wordpress.com. I’ve always felt deeply about the issue of beauty and self esteem. So I’ve started this blog to share my own story, inspirational stories and writing, and more, to inspire and comfort people out there who are struggling with their self esteems and buckling under society’s superficial expectations.

    *Hugs*
    Mariko

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