Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Of rich and poor ...

My friend Azman in Brunei Darussalam emailed me an interesting anecdote about life. Since he suggested that I passed it on to friends, here's the story:

"One day the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the countryside with the 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," the boy replied.
"Did you see how poor people live?," the father asked.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered:
"I saw that we have one cat 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.
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 said.
The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added: "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are".

Azman posed this question: "Isn't perspective a wonderful thing?"
"Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks to God for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.Appreciate every single thing you have!"

1 comment:

Ahmad A Talib said...

Ahhh! that's just paradise! one's actual god-given wealth is health and whatever goodness there is in our hearts. wealth is only good when it serves others..