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Monday, November 9, 2009

Motivational Monday - "Appreciation"

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 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'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."


RootsAndWingsCo said...

I love the sentiment but man oh man am I loving those pictures.


Small House said...

GREAT message! Pictures were wonderful!! Thanks for such a positive post on a Monday. Shhhh....I'm peaking while at work. THANKS!!

The Garden of Egan said...

Beautiful message! Very fitting for thinking of Thankfulness!
Love your blog you are so amazing.

Robyn said...

Where do you find all these great stories?!? Thanks for sharing!

Kimmie said...

I heard this quote a year or two ago and just LOVED it!! I've never read it with gorgeous photos and it gave it a whole different feel.

This was the inspiration I needed today! What a glorious world we live in and life is all about perspective!!

The older I get the more I appreciate the LITTLE things in life like the ones listed in this story.

I agree with a comment I saw on Sandra's are planting seeds and someday the timing will be right and because of the good things you have said and your wonderful example hearts will be touched when the opportunity knocks.

Hope you're having a GREAT day and thanks for all of the nice things you said about me in your previous post and giving me that reward. It was so thoughtful of you and I appreciated that!

Amy said...

I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say thank you for posting this message. It made me smile.

Bobbi Jo said...

Love that ! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Scrappy Girl said...

I love that inspiring! I definitely think that the simple things are what make us rich!

Connie said...

I love this story. Thanks for sharing it today. Perspective is everything.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

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Ann Marie said...

I agree with what has been said!
Love the message.. and the pictures! So grateful for friends!

kado! said...

that message is beautiful...and how true. Sometimes we lose focus of what is really important and what are our true blessings!


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