Lesson on Being Poor

by | Jun 7, 2001 | Archives

Lesson on Being Poor

In recent years, one of the happiest times Merri and I had was living in Ecuador in an eight by ten, tin roofed shack with no door. We stayed there in the rainiest of seasons from months and left spiritially refreshed. So often we so easily get caught up in having what others tell us we must that we forget what real wealth is. The irony? When we forget the lessons of real wealth it actaully becomes harder to become rich. Here is a message sent from a kind reader that clarifies this point and I wanted to share it here with you.


		Hi Gary,		I hope all is well with you and Merri. Sure do miss you both and 
hopefully will see you again soon. Here's something I think you'll both appreciate: Lesson On Being Poor One day a father of a very wealthy family
took his son on a trip to the country with the
firm purpose of showing his son how poor people can be. 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 can be?" the father asked. "Oh Yeah"
said the son. "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." "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." With this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are."

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

Take joy in ALL you have, especially your friends.

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

Until next message, good global business and investing!