One day, a wealthy man took his young daughter to a small remote village to experience what it felt like to be poor and so that she could learn to give back. They spent a couple of days and nights at the farm, living with what he considered to be a poor family and tried to help them in any way possible.
On the return trip, the father asked his daughter,
” How did you find our trip?
“What did you learn?”
“It was great! I learned so much.”
“Did you see how the poor people live and have to go through their lives?”
“Yes, I did.”
The father asked his daughter,
” What did you learn from our trip? Please share that with me.”
“I saw that we have one dog and they have four. We have a pool that reaches the middle of our garden, and they have a lake that reaches no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden that lights it up. They have the stars. The view from our window, you can see over a few buildings. From theirs, you can see the whole sunset. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls to protect us from the outside. They have friends and community to protect them.”
The father was speechless. And then his daughter said,
“Thank you, Dad, for showing me how poor we really are.
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing?
Often we feel that we’re helping and uplifting others. But in that process, we realize we’re the ones who’ve gained the most.
Often when we’re trying to serve with compassion and empathy, we realize that we’re the ones that are truly benefiting and growing.
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