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One day a father and his rich family took her son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, "how was the trip?"

"Very good, dad!"

"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

"Yeah!" " And what did you learn?"

The son answered, "I saw, that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole horizon.

When the little boy was finishing,  the father was speechless. 

His son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me, how poor we are!" Isn't it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude toward life, you've got everything!

You can't buy any of these things. You can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORLD IS MINE

 Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman
 And wished I were as beautiful.
 When suddenly she rose to leave,
 I saw her hobble down the aisle.
 She had one leg and wore a crutch.
 But as she passed, she passed a smile.
 Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
 I have two legs. The world is mine.

 I stopped to buy some candy.
 The lad who sold it had such charm.
 I talked with him, he seemed so glad.
 If I were late, it'd do no harm.
 And as I left, he said to me, "I thank you,
 you've been so kind.
 It's nice to talk with folks like you.
 You see," he said, "I'm blind."
 Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
 I have two eyes. The world is mine.

 Later while walking down the street,
 I saw a child I knew.
 He stood and watched the others play,
 but he did not know what to do
 I stopped a moment and then I said,
 "Why don't you join them dear?"
He looked ahead without a word.
 I forgot, he couldn't hear.
 Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
 I have two ears. The world is mine.


 

 With feet to take me where I'd go.
 With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
 With ears to hear what I'd know.
 Oh God, forgive me when I whine.
I've been blessed indeed! 

 

 

Isn't that paradox?

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We‘ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We‘ve added years to life not life to years. We‘ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We‘ve done larger things, but not better things.

We‘ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We‘ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier ho uses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn‘t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, I love you to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. 

 

 

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