One day a father of a wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family. On their way back to their home, the father and son got into a conversation about all they had experienced while at the farm.
“What did you think of our trip to the farm,” asked the father.
“It was very good, Dad!” “Did you see how poor people can be?” continued his father.
“Yeah! “And what did you learn?”
“I saw that, while we have a dog at home, they have four dogs,” the son replied.
“We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, while they have a creek that has no end.“We have electric lamps in the garden, and they have a sky full of stars.
“Our patio goes all the way to the wall around our property. They have the whole horizon.”
When the little boy was finished, his father was speechless. “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we really are!” A God Flash
The little boy saw what the father could not see. Poverty is in the eye of the beholder. Sixteen years ago when I was returning from my first trip to Haiti, I was struck by what a young couple also on their first trip said to me: “Most of the people we met have nothing, yet as we got to know them, we felt that they have everything and we have so little.”
I felt much the same. The richness of their lives was not in their possessions, but overflowing from all the love in their hearts.