December 5, 2008

PERSPECTIVE – a wonderful thing!

Posted in Philosophy, Psychology, Thoughts tagged , , , , , at 11:40 pm by randallbutisingh

PERSPECTIVE – a wonderful thing!

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express 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 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 you learned 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, while 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.”

– Author unknown


1 Comment »

  1. Patanjali Ramlall said,

    Giving thanks for what we have.

    It may appear pious that we pray, but, are we sincere in our hearts? Are we really at peace with our selves and not coveting our neighbours’ affluence or wanting to outdo them? How THANKFUL are we?

    One day a well heeled citizen cantering on his Arabian thoroughbred down a scenic and winding country lane saw one of the most impressive orchards in his life. Local and exotic fruits from the four points of the planet were blooming, and the grounds decorated ornately with flora to match.
    He was captivated by this terrestrial Garden of Eden, and as he came to the middle of it all he saw a simple cottage with smoke rising through its archaic chimney and young fairy-like children scampering all around; he was amazed, and stopped to grasp it all. Just then his gaze fell upon a sign that said:

    The gentleman on his Arabian steed paused and smiled, then dismounted and strolled up to the cottage and politely asked for its owner. A modest grandfather, avuncular type of spirituel greeted him.

    Our squire explained that he was there to prove that he had everything that any man could want and therefore the orchard should be given to him. He described a magnificent castle, a beautiful wife and children, country estates, dozens of servants, a golf course, a stable of the finest thoroughbreds, ships plying the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans with all imaginable spices, lumber, silk, and precious stones, etc.
    And “most” of all that he was piously attending his Parish church twice a week and was its largest donor.

    The spirituel turned to him and said
    “since you have everything that any man could ever have why do you want this orchard?

    Author unknown

    I read this about 650 moons ago in the West Indian Reader.
    PLEASE NOTE: The embellishments are all my own.

    Patanjali Ramlall

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