One day, a man of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to a village with the intention to show him how poor people live and to make him understand various aspects of life. They spent a couple of days on the farm of a very poor family in the village.
On their return from the trip the man asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” the man asked his son.
“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 others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”
The man was speechless and overwhelmed hearing the altogether different aspect of what he was expecting. The man was very happy to see how optimistic his son is and blessed him with very good luck and bright future in life.
Perspective is everything. It basically depends on us how we perceive anything. Perspective can make us think and feel different at the same thing if we start seeing it from a different perspective. So instead of crying over what you don’t have, appreciate what you have and thank God.