Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Appreciate a Friend

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 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
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!

"Life is too short and friends are
too few."

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