Little Boy Teaches His Father A Valuable Lesson In Perspective

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.

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They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

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After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip.

"It was great, Dad," the son replied.

"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son.

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"So 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."

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"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."

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"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, "It showed me just how poor we really are."

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Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't have.

What is one person's worthless object is another's prized possession.

It is all based on one's perspective.

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Sometimes, it takes the perspective of a child to remind us what’s important.

Be sure to SHARE this profound wisdom with your family and friends.

H/T: LittleThings

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