Being rich is a good thing but when you are a kid and you are used to all those privileged things in your life then, probably as you grow older you will face the reality. Instead of learning from unpleasant experience, this wealthy father decided to teach his son a lesson that will prepare him for living well in the real world.
He and his son went on a trip to the village “being poor” and they spent a few days on the farm, as he wanted to show his son how it is to be poor.
After three days on that farm, they came back to their wealthy and expensive home and the father wanted to know how was the trip, what kind of experience did he got? He replied “It was great, Dad”
The next question the father asked his son was: “Did you see how poor people can be?”
“Oh Yeah” said the son.
He was asked to explain what he had learned from the trip, and the answer will surprise you:
They have four dogs, we have one, they have the sky full of stars, and we have imported lanterns in our garden. We have a big pool, they have a creek that has no end.
We have a small piece of land to live on, and they have fields that don’t belong to no one. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
Instead of walls to protect them, they have true friends to take care of each other. Instead of buying food, they grow their own healthy products.
At the end, the boy concluded: “It showed me how poor we are”.
However, I am thankful for what I have, not jealous of what I don’t. This is a valuable life lesson about empathy and how to cope with disappointments much later in life. I am also grateful for this privileged childhood I have, but I won’t let the richness and the money make me a bad person and I won’t have a tunnel vision and a skewed vision of the world.