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05/18/01

One day the father of a rich family took his young 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, his father was speechless.

His son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how rich they 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!

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