ATTITUDE – how a young boy’s viewpoint inspires his father

LakeOne day a wealthy father took his son to a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. To prove his point, the wealthy man allowed his son to spend a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family.
When the boy got back from their trip the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“Very good Dad!”
“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Yes!” he answered.
“And what did you learn?”
The son thought for a moment before he answered, “Well, I saw that we have one dog at home, and they have four. We have a swimming pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, but they live next to a lake that has no end. We have imported lamps in our garden, but from their front porch you can see all the stars. Our back yard patio has a nice view of our back yard, but from their back yard, you can see the whole horizon.”

When the little boy had finished, his father stood speechless. The boy started to walk away.

“Wait,” said the father. “Is there anything else?”

His son stopped, and turned. ” Oh, right. Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are compared to them!”

Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life — you’ve got everything! You can’t buy any of these things, but still you can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!