In today's society, it can be pretty easy to lose perspective and get caught up in the rat race. You think that that promotion and that raise and that new house you can buy will make you happy, or at the very least you want them because the people around you have them.
Humans have an innate, and rather unfortunate, need to compare themselves to other people and measure their own successes based on the achievements of others. That's not always a bad thing (it can motivate you to do great things), but it's not hard to see how that mentality could get really unhealthy really fast.
It's really important to put things in perspective. My mother always tried to remind me of that growing up, and I've often felt like the most clarity anyone ever has on life is either when you're really old, or when you're really young. Everything in between is a blur as you try to figure out whatever life throws your way.
Below is a popular old story that shows the wisdom that can sometimes come from children. Its origin is unknown, but its message is one that we should all pay attention to.
One day, a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor.
They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
"Oh yeah," said the son.
"Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon."
"We buy our food, but they grow theirs."
Then his son added, "It showed me just how poor we really are."
It is all based on one's perspective.
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