Lessons Learned

Saturday, September 25, 2010 3 Comments A+ a-

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 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.”

See, this is not all about the wealth the have. Remember what the Little Prince said, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” There are things more important than material things, and sadly, we barely notice them. However, as time passes by, we'll later realize how much important they are to us.

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Mary is the blogger behind Remakestyle. She is an environmentalist, freelance writer and future engineer working towards a sustainable future.


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September 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM delete

I have been touched by this story back then and was searching for it... Thanks for posting this! :)

I agree that there really are things that are more valuable than those material ones... People must realize that nothing beats the worthiness of the values of and the people surrounding them, especially the One above. :)

Paola ♥
October 13, 2010 at 7:46 PM delete

Tama! :)
It all depends on how we perceive the things we have. :)

October 16, 2010 at 7:40 PM delete

ahhhwww~~LOVE this story... It not only told me a wonderful lesson but I can really relate to it because recently our house just got robbed...I was sooo traumatized that I had no guts to blog about it^^] BUT life must go on^^, I gotta read that book 'The Little Prince' someday but I'm not that much of a bookworm && the only book I'm addicted to will always&forever will be facebook^^]P