What makes us truly wealthy

As we come closer to Christmas it’s easy to get caught up in all the hype.   

It feels as if Christmas gets earlier every year and the pressure to make everything perfect is immense.  Buy those gifts, decorate our homes, make sure we have enough food to feed the starving masses passing through our doors. Then we have to have new clothes for the parties and work extra hours to pay for it all.

I think this little story is well placed for the season as a timely reminder of the important things in life. Today, sit down for 5 minutes, enjoy a cup of tea, take a deep breath and remind yourself what the real gifts of Christmas are.  True wealth doesn't come gift wrapped...

How Rich We Are

One day a wealthy man took his family, including his young son on a trip. His purpose was to show his son how poor people can be so he might appreciate the privileged position his family gave him.  

They headed out, deep into the poorest part of the countryside and spent a day and a night on the farm of one of the poorest families in the area.  

When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “Very good Dad!” “Now that you have seen how poor people can be, 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 finished, his father was speechless. His son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how ‘poor’ we are and that there are riches to be had out in the world!”

Isn’t it true that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humour and a positive attitude towards life — you’ve got everything! You can’t buy any of these things. You may have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc; but if you are poor of spirit, you have nothing!

– Author Unknown