This story about prize possession is enlightening and it will definitely change the way you look on wealth and life in general.
One day, a wealthy man decided to take his son on a trip to country side. The aim of this trip was to show his son how it looks like to be poor. They spend a couple of days there and lived on a farm of what would be viewed as poor family.When they returned from the trip the father asked the son whether he liked it. The son said that the trip was great! When he was asked did he see how poor people can be, the son gave a positive reply.
When the father asked what lesson could be drawn from the trip, the son said:
“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 remained speechless. “It showed me how poor we are,”- the son added.
We often forget about the things we have and focus our attention on what we don’t have, instead. However, everything is about one`s perspective and what person`s worthless object for one person prize possession for another.
I am truly thankful for what I have, not envious for what I don’t. The more I learn about the place I am and understand what I really want for my family and my children, the better decisions I am able to make as a husband and parent.
When I am mindful of the way my decisions influence others, I am able to make better decision for my family, my community, my region, my country, and ultimately the planet. Sometimes we need the perspective of a child to be reminded of the things that are really important.