Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Some perspective

I have been out of the blog space for more than a month due to jaundice. My enthusiasm is back and hope to be more frequent as before. Read this somewhere and thought I will get going>

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."

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. These are your blessings.


Sylvia K said...

So good to see you back and do hope you're feeling well again! Such a wonderful post and so true!! As you know, my post today was somewhat the exact opposite of yours, but wasn't meant to be taken with deadly seriousness. I have learned that I sometimes have to laugh at the ridiculous situations our world finds itself in because to take it all too seriously is so totally self-destructive. Once again welcome back to the blog world and thanks as always for visiting my blog. Enjoy your evening!


Samyukta Ganesh said...

Dear Sir,
Superb!Great to have you back in this space. What an amazing tale...inspiring and so true. Thanks for putting things into perspective.

Sushree said...

someone has rightly said - 'the best prayer is just to thank the lord for everything' :)

Kavi said...

Good to have yo back here sir ! As usual, inspiring !

heres wishing you all the best of health and peace !

Debra L. Schubert said...

I've missed you and your always inspiring messages. Everything is perspective. Every feeling we have is a choice. Thanks for reminding me.

BTW, I'm doing a Landmark course that starts next month. It's called, Living Powerfully: A Life That Defies the Predictable. I'll be thinking of you!

RGB said...

Good to have you back.

That's a wonderful story. How perspectives can open up our world and help us to be more optimistic.

nsiyer said...

Thanks Sylvia as always. No I did not take it seriously. Probably was in a mood to give you some free advice.

Hi Sam . You always motivate me to go on.

nsiyer said...

Hi Sushri,Thanks a lot.

Thanks Kavi for your wishes.

Debrah, enjoy Landmark and share.

nsiyer said...

Hi RGB. Thanks for coming over.

Anuradha Rawat said...

Dear Sir,

Great to have you back on the blogging circuit! Like always, this one's an amazingly inspiring piece too!

Wishing you health and happiness in the times to come! :)


nsiyer said...

Thanks Anuradha for the inspiring comments. You too start writing.