What It Means To Be Poor...

  1. One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip tothe country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poorpeople can be.They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of whatmight be considered a very poor family.On their return home, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?""It was great, Dad!" replied the boy. Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked. "I guess so..." said the son a little sadly."So what did you learn from the trip?" the father asked. 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 yard, and they have a creek that goes over the hill. We have imported lanterns in our garden, and they just have the stars all night. Our patio reaches to the gate, and I couldn't even tell where their yard ended. We have a small piece of land to live on. They have fields that go out of sight. We have servants who serve us, but those farmers serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to keep us safe. They just have lots of friends to protect them. Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor we are." With this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added; "Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't have." What is one person's worthless junk is another's prize possession. It is all based on how you look at stuff. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for the bounty we have, instead of worrying about wanting more. Take joy in all you have, especially your friends. HAPPY THANKSGIVING
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   J-RN student
    Originally posted by betts
    "Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't have."
    Thanks, this is so true.
  4. by   PennyLane
    That's a very nice story. It's important to step back and reflect from time to time. Especially during this time of year with the holidays.

    -melanie
  5. by   JonRN
    A very touching story, I enjoyed it. Thanks. Even with the possibility of war looming, the economy in the toilet, and all the other things going on, we still have a lot to be thankful for in this country.

    Pappy
  6. by   nursedawn67
    wow.......we all have more to be thankful then we know.
    Happy Thanksgiving ya'll!
  7. by   Mkue
    Thanks Betts, good timing

    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone
  8. by   Rustyhammer
    It wasn't too long ago that I was homeless.
    I was working but didn't have a place to stay.
    Showers taken at the local pool and food cooked wherever I could find a secluded place.
    I was run off by cops and scorned by many.
    Now I am "comfortable" and have a wonderful family that loves me and is given love.
    Yes, I have much to be thankful for.
    -Russell
  9. by   NurseDennie
    Originally posted by betts
    ..... "I saw that we have one dog, and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our yard, and they have a creek that goes over the hill.
    I too (of course) have much to be thankful for. Here's where I display whatever kind of personality disorder tells me that it's okay to point this out: I wonder how the creek goes up that hill?

    *sigh*

    What's the name of my personality disorder, does anybody know?

    Love

    Dennie

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