How the poor live

by Stephen on September 16, 2009 · 117 comments

in Touching stories

One day, a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son 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.”

 

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{ 117 comments… read them below or add one }

1. Samantha albert — November 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

This was so funny especially the end.

2. Shazia — December 2, 2009 at 4:08 am

I hope this is a real truth of our life, till we are lacking of love of others we are remain poor only.., how much money we may have.., I believe a person who live his life in scarce resources happily is a true achiever in his live..,

Thanks for such a good message :)

3. Jeeva — January 3, 2010 at 2:54 am

This was a nice story, i am angry with samantha for saying this story as funny..

4. Nice — February 24, 2010 at 4:14 am

It’s so inspiring.

5. Hritu shah. — April 19, 2010 at 6:33 am

I also want to visit my village. I am also speechless

6. Harshal — April 27, 2010 at 5:37 am

This is a very good story and this is also a real story which the owner of ford tried this with her granddaughter.

7. Eric — May 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

I hate this story..while the observation was reasonable, the boy failed to get the real message of the trip!

8. Ske7 — May 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

KUL STRY (^^^)

9. Pranav — July 8, 2010 at 5:20 am

This is an excellent creation. Not just looking at one side but both sides of the same coin.

We must learn the real message behind it…..

10. Aastha Gosain — August 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

A really touchy one ….:(

11. Chris MS — September 10, 2010 at 7:18 am

Richness or poverty is on the eye of the beholder. I always think i’m rich… atleast in the heart. Thanks God!

12. Sandhya — September 14, 2010 at 6:33 am

William Wordsworth saw it right…
Child is the father of man ! This story proves it…
A good one indeed !!! :-)

13. Carmen — September 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

It’s nice. I have heard it before but u reminded me of it.

Thx for reminding :D

14. Aben — November 18, 2010 at 6:47 am

It is a good and meaningful story.

15. Danely — November 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Thnx for a very wonderful story.. it shows that not all rich people are rich enough.

16. Sony Matharu — December 1, 2010 at 9:13 am

Thanx for reminding us what we are !

17. Honey — December 12, 2010 at 4:13 am

Very nice….. I am speechless.

18. Priyanka Kadam — December 18, 2010 at 10:30 am

Thanks for opening my eyes.

19. milly — March 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm

We think that giving material things is what make our children happy but all children really want is to be free run with the chickens and run there feet in the stream and eat an apple off the tree and read them a story for bed thats being rich and happy.

20. Seshu — March 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

What a great story infact all the boy told was so true.

21. niraj gupta — March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

It is really good & Touchy story,
thank for this inspirational creation

22. harvinder kumar — April 13, 2011 at 7:13 am

its very deep thought which can be dig into artificial hearts.

23. Swati — May 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

It is an amazing story..

24. santoshi — May 18, 2011 at 12:50 am

really motivating story i like it

25. Nanda Salunkhe — May 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

Thanks for sharing this story with us…

26. Naveen — May 20, 2011 at 7:34 am

Really awsme…… it has a gr8 meaning…worth story….

27. aiko — June 8, 2011 at 5:46 am

nice story! so inspiring :)

28. Phachas — June 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

heheheheh that was funny, really funny, the boy is smart… :)

29. Agribefa — June 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

The poor have the piece of mind and the free will to live. The opposite is for the rich, who are enclosed, en-caged, etc

30. Sahib — July 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Nice story :D

31. Neeraj Thapa — July 7, 2011 at 7:16 am

Very effective story, able to be appreciated.

32. Kagiso Seothaeng — July 10, 2011 at 12:26 am

This pierce teaches me how we ppl like to limit ourselves. God gave us the world to live at, we created borders, visa, passports, all these are limitations. THE TIME OF PASSWORD… The will come where a password will be required to enter a church, and we call it advance, I call it limitation…

33. Himanni — July 10, 2011 at 2:12 am

Amazing story!!! :D

34. Prashanth Naik — July 10, 2011 at 2:15 am

I don’t know who aurhored this story. Whoever it may be, I hats off to him or her for such a beautiful and meaning ful story. It’s the story which really gives the message about many things like, postive attitude, open mindedness, etc.

Once again congratualations for a master piece.
Dr.Prashanth Naik, Mangaloare.

35. Girlygirl — July 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

Haha! Clever boy!

36. naveen — August 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

nice story very inspirable..

37. naveeng — August 24, 2011 at 8:21 am

fantastic story….

38. Rajneet Kaur — September 3, 2011 at 4:28 am

awesome story i liked it so much especially the perception of boy to identify the things positively who made his father speechless………….wonderful story thank to its author

39. Priyanka Kumari — September 9, 2011 at 3:55 am

Material things didn’t matter in life……………FAMILY, FRIENDS are the people that matters in life

40. Ritika — October 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

It is something that every rich people must read

41. Basil P Alias — October 19, 2011 at 7:50 am

This was a wonderful story which gives a good message.some peoples says this story awesome,fantastic, amazing etc. But i don’t think they take the moral of this story in their practical life!!!

42. nalini — October 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

Fantastic story, really give message to us, that money is not everything, beyond money we also need people in our life for love , relationship & help when need.

43. Akarsh — November 1, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Nice story. A different prospective to the see the world. It’s our choice how we see the world around us. lets see it in a positive way.

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a paradise from adversity , or create a prison from blessing.”
-JOHN MILTON-

44. Monal Thakkar — November 8, 2011 at 1:57 am

Superb thought…. truely a vision twister.

45. Aditya — November 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

Nice story……….very inspirable……..(:-)

46. Isha — November 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

The same story I had last year in my moral book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . but it is one of my favorite stories :)

47. Partha — November 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

It is a good story for me. Now I saw that… what is the different between poor and… rich..

48. Gaurav_Luthra — December 15, 2011 at 8:08 am

If u r happy with all you got, then your poorness or richness doesn’t matter.

49. Shivani Hablani — December 28, 2011 at 1:31 am

Nice

50. Raj — January 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

It’s a very good and reasonable story.

51. Yogesh Kumar — January 21, 2012 at 3:38 am

Excellent story

52. Shobi Abbi — January 22, 2012 at 10:56 am

This story is very nice. I like it….. this story is not funny, this helps us to understand how the poor lives.

53. Fxcityglobal — February 4, 2012 at 4:46 am

Nice message

54. Charles — February 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Really disgusting story that tells one of the biggest lies imaginable, that poor people’s lives aren’t that hard. You should be ashamed of yourself for posting this dishonest and completely asinine story. Non-poor people love it because it claims poor people ‘s lives are just like ours, and thus absolves them of any responsibility to help.

55. Abhishek Pani — February 17, 2012 at 3:42 am

In fact this is a touching story. This story completely goes in line with my way of thinking. I really love such stories.

56. Shadde — February 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I reed many stories after this one trying to find the perfect one for a presentation and only to realized that i have come rite back to how the poor live. This message is such an inspirational and funny one because whats one treasure is, is a next one live and what is someone live is someone treasure. It’s funny because it goes to show happiness is not all in money and i sure when one fines the story funny is not, ‘literally.’

57. Anupama — March 6, 2012 at 1:48 am

A really nice story, inspiring one… keep it up!

58. Jake — March 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

THAT… was awesome. I’m going to use it in my story telling programme to the kids.

59. Naz — April 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

Really, really heart touching, inspiring, and motivational. Hope to see more stories coming up ;)

60. Narendra — April 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Really awesome and inspiring good story.

61. Cysky Busi — April 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

What a nice message. Thanx for making us see the worth of what we are and have. Very interesting!

62. Sunky — April 17, 2012 at 5:02 am

Lovely… keep passing the message.

63. AKANKSHA — April 27, 2012 at 2:04 am

It is a lovely story.

64. Ignitius — April 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

Samanta, are you on drugs? Learn not to spoil the mood of people who have a heart for a good story. Apart from that, money can’t buy the treasures of life.

65. Ankisha agrawal — April 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I liked this story very much …..IT IS VERY NICE*********I’M SPEECHLESS

66. Bryan — May 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

There are some people who are very poor that the only thing they have is money.

67. lamia — May 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

Really touching story. I liked a lot.

68. Nguyen — May 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Great God! I am speechless, n heart touching. It is a really nice story. The rich do know how the poor live, but………. Hope to see the more stories coming up! Thanks!! Hope the best for u guys!

69. Amandeep kaur — May 28, 2012 at 12:18 am

It is a very heart touching and inspirational story. Money is not a every thing in life.

70. Shweta — June 19, 2012 at 8:53 am

Really, really heart touching, inspiring, and motivational and thanks for sharing!!!

71. Aastha Handa — July 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

Life is what we look at it like.

A very heart touching and an inspiring story.

It also teaches us to be positive…

72. Sana — July 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

What a story …. simple one but meaning was great .. rich and poor in heart not in money …

73. Sashank — July 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

One of the best stories I have ever heard….!!!

74. Maryam — November 4, 2012 at 9:37 am

This is our finance which calls a person poor or wealthy but the fact is something else, for recognizing human use your eyes and heart, both of them.

75. Shivani — November 15, 2012 at 6:53 am

It’s nice story.

76. Sanjana Kukreja.. — November 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

awesome story………………….

I just luv it…………………………………….

kep on writing dear……..

this story shows the actual side of the richer ones.

77. Prakash srivastava — November 29, 2012 at 12:11 am

Its very Important & heart touching & learn about life

78. Rajeev Kumar — December 1, 2012 at 6:22 am

It’s a really heart touching Story…. I like it… it’s a very innocent story you can say.

79. Candy — December 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

The boy is innocent but he cannot know the exact meaning of poverty.

80. Ian A — December 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

True story, the reality, super like…

81. Charm ♥ — December 26, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Nice one

82. Mehul Tanna — January 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Very nice story…:)

83. Keshal ♥ :) — January 30, 2013 at 1:22 am

Nice story ! :) and inspiring ♥

84. Tanveer — February 24, 2013 at 2:31 pm

It really touches my heart.

85. Shajeem — March 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm

It is a very interesting web site.

86. Smruti Joshi — March 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

It was so inspiring.. Loved reading it.. Really a heart touching one..

87. Abc — March 28, 2013 at 4:45 am

Nice story

88. Romaana — March 31, 2013 at 10:37 am

Asalam walaikum! {Hi} I am a kid, age 11, I am not in my country ( India ) now, I am thinking that if I will be in India so I will sure serve poor & needy people if I will see them I think that I will give them money, give food, clothes like this I am thinking, and when I am thinking about poors will sure cry ….. But overall talking about the story is very nice, awesome, excellent and superb.

89. Devansh — April 8, 2013 at 8:40 am

Why can’t you have a “love” button, so we could press it thousands of times.

90. Stephen — April 8, 2013 at 8:57 am

THANKS Devansh!!!

91. James debbarma — April 11, 2013 at 5:25 am

It is indeed happy to gratitude to the writter for inovating and bringing out with a beautiful melody how proletariat people shelter and survive … to be opine its really melting my hearts and from d view of this story what hurts me is that people who r all from d rich family are looking down upon the poor which making obscen to the creature of god.

92. Manga — April 16, 2013 at 6:53 am

I think it is heart touching…really it’s awesome…..

93. Krishnapriya — April 17, 2013 at 2:26 am

I am speechless!

94. Mahesh m — April 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

It’s really great.

95. Eric — May 10, 2013 at 7:37 am

The paradox of being rich: being rich is not so much on the acquisition of wealth but living the most simplest and natural life.

96. Tunji — May 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Highly commendable, please keep this feri burning God bless you.

97. Prasurjya — May 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Super….super…thnx…God bless…

98. Letizia Malik — June 3, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Ooooooh I luv this story :)

99. Salakha — June 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

Its a beautiful story. The lesson is not for the boy to learn, its for us.

The story is trying to tell us to appreciate and be happy with what we have and not lement for what we do not have. You have to read between the lines.

Thanks

100. Kebaso Fred — June 18, 2013 at 3:22 am

This is a great story, it really depicts the picture of Africa.

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