There was a boy whose family was wealthy. One day his father took him on a trip to the country, where he aimed to show his son how poor people live. They arrived at the farm of a very poor family, as he considered them. They spent several days there. On their return home, the father asked the boy did he liked the trip.
“Oh, it was great dad,” the boy replied.
“Did you notice how poor people live?”
“Yeah, I did,” said the boy.
The father asked his son to tell in more details, his impressions from the trip.
“Well, we have only one dog and they have four of them. In our garden there is a pool, while they have a river that has no end. We’ve got expensive lanterns, but they have stars above their heads at night. We have the patio, they have the whole horizon. We have only a small piece of land, while they have the endless fields. We buy food, but they grow it. We have a high fence for protection of our property, and they don’t need it, as their friends protect them.”
The father was stunned, he could not say a word.
The boy added, “Thank you dad, for letting me see how poor we are.”
This story shows that true wealth as well as happiness is not measured by material things. Love friendship and freedom are far more valuable.
How do you measure wealth?