One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a country trip, with the firm 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 home, the father asked the son, “How was the trip?” “It was great Dad,” he said. “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked. “Oh yeah,” said the son. “So tell me, what did you learn?” asked the father.
The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, and they have a stream that has no end. We have expensive lanterns in our garden, but they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front garden, 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 have fun growing theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us; they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
His son then added, “Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”
Wealth is not always about having money, nor poverty about having no food!