“A Child’s Perspective on Poverty” From Life.Aisle

I Copy/Pasted this post by Troy at   Life. Aisle.

I  have noticed that sometimes when something is Reblogged it doesn’t always get read.

THIS Is a Must Read!

Thank you Troy for flipping our perspective.

Thank you Troy for helping me  be Grateful for all that I am blessed with.

Thank you Troy for your wonderful Blog!

A Child’s Perspective on Poverty

One father is more than a hundred school masters.”

– George Herbert

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.

~ by Step On a Crack on March 2, 2012.

16 Responses to ““A Child’s Perspective on Poverty” From Life.Aisle”

  1. Cool. The word of the day. Very nice. Thanks for reblogging! xox mel


  2. I used to know a family who were materially ‘poor’, but I always called them the richest people I’ve ever known. Now that’s giving yourself and your children a great life! 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this! Very insightful, truthful, and poignant.

    Blessings, Love & Peace,


    • RH,

      Thank you VERY much for stopping by!

      I LOVE your comment. I too have known so many families with so little who had it all! Now, I know so many families with so much, but nothing really of True Value. We need to readjust our ideas of what Wealth really means!

      PLEASE do yourself a favor and visit Troys website. He is full of inspirational thoughts and thoughts that will make you laugh.

      Blessings to you also,

      Take Care, Jen


      • Hi Jen!

        I always joke about how we call ourselves an ‘advanced’ or ‘intelligent’ species. 🙂

        I did visit Troy’s website, thank you, and I left a comment for him. Thank you for sharing his post, I now follow him too!

        I feel your blog is the tip of a treasure trove of other great folks to follow. Thank you for opening the door to a whole new world for me and many others.

        What you’re doing here is beautiful, simply beautiful. 🙂

        Blessings, Love & Peace,


      • Dear RH!

        You make me just smile to much! Thank you for your kind words and for visiting Troy. I am amazed and truly blessed by the amazing community here in BlogLand. I do have a blog roll I think it works BUT right now it only has recovery blogs. I should add the other really beautiful blogs!

        There is indeed a treasure trove of great people to get to know here. It is stunning!

        Like you! : )
        Thank you for being here,

        Peace, Jen


  3. this is when I could really use a “Love” option to click!


  4. Super story.

    Too bad eventually junior will learn to read a bank statement.


    • Hello there and thank you for being here!

      Yep. Reality will hit hard eventually. BUT having grown up in poverty, I can say that the resiliency that comes with growing up the way I did has strengthened me in ways I would not have otherwise known.

      If you know the difference between Need and Want you are WAY ahead of the game as an adult.

      Thank you again for stopping by!

      Peace, Jen


      • You must be psychic. That is exactly my upcoming post on Thursday.

        I am just the opposite of you. I grew up with money and later had none. I got it back, but this time it’s mine.

        Not having money makes you appreciative.

        Thanks for such an inspiring blog.


      • NO! YOU must be psychic!

        I actually grew up with money until 5th grade: french lessons, private school, fancy clothes…..

        My families life changed in 5th grade and I was much happier. There are extenuating circumstances of course…

        We then LOST IT ALL (which wasn’t much) when I was 16 and I watched my father rebuild a life for us from literally nothing. I will never forget the lesson: Never Give Up.

        I am deeply appreciative of all that I have. I am astounded by the ignorance of poverty in our world today. It makes me sad….

        Thank YOU for stopping by! I am on my way to your blog now….

        Peace, Jen


      • ROFL

        Looking forward to many more of your posts and sharing this weird psychic energy.

        Great connecting with you.


      • Yep. Life is Weird an Wonderful!

        XO Jen


  5. Perspective, or how we “frame” things truly makes all the difference. I love this story and the reminder that we are surrounded by wealth that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. Thank you, friend, for the reminder of what is valuable.


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