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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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  • Shivani November 15, 2012, 6:53 am

    It’s nice story.

  • Maryam November 4, 2012, 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.

  • Sashank July 30, 2012, 9:45 am

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

  • Sana July 16, 2012, 12:47 pm

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

  • Aastha Handa July 14, 2012, 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…

  • Shweta June 19, 2012, 8:53 am

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

  • Amandeep kaur May 28, 2012, 12:18 am

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

  • Nguyen May 16, 2012, 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!

  • lamia May 7, 2012, 8:25 am

    Really touching story. I liked a lot.

  • Bryan May 2, 2012, 6:54 pm

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

  • Ankisha agrawal April 29, 2012, 9:38 pm

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

  • Ignitius April 27, 2012, 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.

  • AKANKSHA April 27, 2012, 2:04 am

    It is a lovely story.

  • Sunky April 17, 2012, 5:02 am

    Lovely… keep passing the message.

  • Cysky Busi April 16, 2012, 10:27 am

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

  • Narendra April 8, 2012, 7:43 pm

    Really awesome and inspiring good story.

  • Naz April 3, 2012, 10:50 am

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

  • Jake March 25, 2012, 9:11 am

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

  • Anupama March 6, 2012, 1:48 am

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

  • Shadde February 26, 2012, 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.’

  • Abhishek Pani February 17, 2012, 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.

  • Charles February 6, 2012, 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.

  • Fxcityglobal February 4, 2012, 4:46 am

    Nice message

  • Shobi Abbi January 22, 2012, 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.

  • Yogesh Kumar January 21, 2012, 3:38 am

    Excellent story

  • Raj January 17, 2012, 2:35 pm

    It’s a very good and reasonable story.

  • Shivani Hablani December 28, 2011, 1:31 am


  • Gaurav_Luthra December 15, 2011, 8:08 am

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

  • Partha November 12, 2011, 10:25 pm

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

  • Isha November 11, 2011, 11:03 am

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

  • Aditya November 10, 2011, 10:00 am

    Nice story……….very inspirable……..(:-)

  • Monal Thakkar November 8, 2011, 1:57 am

    Superb thought…. truely a vision twister.

  • Akarsh November 1, 2011, 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.”

  • nalini October 27, 2011, 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.

  • Basil P Alias October 19, 2011, 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!!!

  • Ritika October 18, 2011, 10:43 am

    It is something that every rich people must read

  • Priyanka Kumari September 9, 2011, 3:55 am

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

  • Rajneet Kaur September 3, 2011, 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

  • naveeng August 24, 2011, 8:21 am

    fantastic story….

  • naveen August 24, 2011, 8:20 am

    nice story very inspirable..

  • Girlygirl July 12, 2011, 9:03 am

    Haha! Clever boy!

  • Prashanth Naik July 10, 2011, 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.

  • Himanni July 10, 2011, 2:12 am

    Amazing story!!! 😀

  • Kagiso Seothaeng July 10, 2011, 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…

  • Neeraj Thapa July 7, 2011, 7:16 am

    Very effective story, able to be appreciated.

  • Sahib July 1, 2011, 1:05 pm

    Nice story 😀

  • Agribefa June 27, 2011, 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

  • Phachas June 16, 2011, 7:55 pm

    heheheheh that was funny, really funny, the boy is smart… 🙂

  • aiko June 8, 2011, 5:46 am

    nice story! so inspiring 🙂

  • Naveen May 20, 2011, 7:34 am

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

  • Nanda Salunkhe May 19, 2011, 1:45 am

    Thanks for sharing this story with us…

  • santoshi May 18, 2011, 12:50 am

    really motivating story i like it

  • Swati May 10, 2011, 10:01 am

    It is an amazing story..

  • harvinder kumar April 13, 2011, 7:13 am

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

  • niraj gupta March 28, 2011, 1:50 pm

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

  • Seshu March 16, 2011, 4:50 am

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

  • milly March 11, 2011, 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.

  • Priyanka Kadam December 18, 2010, 10:30 am

    Thanks for opening my eyes.

  • Honey December 12, 2010, 4:13 am

    Very nice….. I am speechless.

  • Sony Matharu December 1, 2010, 9:13 am

    Thanx for reminding us what we are !

  • Danely November 21, 2010, 10:15 pm

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

  • Aben November 18, 2010, 6:47 am

    It is a good and meaningful story.

  • Carmen September 21, 2010, 10:41 am

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

    Thx for reminding 😀

  • Sandhya September 14, 2010, 6:33 am

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

  • Chris MS September 10, 2010, 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!

  • Aastha Gosain August 8, 2010, 12:33 pm

    A really touchy one ….:(

  • Pranav July 8, 2010, 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…..

  • Ske7 May 12, 2010, 11:04 am

    KUL STRY (^^^)

  • Eric May 2, 2010, 9:17 am

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

  • Harshal April 27, 2010, 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.

  • Hritu shah. April 19, 2010, 6:33 am

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

  • Nice February 24, 2010, 4:14 am

    It’s so inspiring.

  • Jeeva January 3, 2010, 2:54 am

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

  • Shazia December 2, 2009, 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 🙂

  • Samantha albert November 30, 2009, 3:21 pm

    This was so funny especially the end.

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