Found this on a website, thought a lot of it. A lot of people take a lot of things for granted and such, figured I'd post it here, see what others think and that. :)
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."
Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.
I'd rather still be rich.
My girlfriend sometimes has a habit of winging about stuff in life, and for her the glass is half empty. I always tell her that for me, its different, I have a glass, and look its half full too! Guess what? some people don't even have a glass. Be grateful for what you have.
Interesting, some people are never satisfied and some people love what they have right now. Just make sure you know what you've got before there's something you wish for. Just stay a bit open minded.
I'm usually satisfied with what I have, though I have a drive to always better my life I can, a life without atleast a little ambition doesn't do much for you or anyone else. I used to be a "glass is half-empty" person, but now I'm trying to be more positve about things, it's easier to be optimistic and try then to live pessimistic and expecting failure.
I didn't make it!
I will never, ever ,ever, ever be satisfied with what I have, because otherwise I would never stop working to acheive something more. I am happy with what I have, I am content with what I have, but I will never let myself become satisfied. You should never ever stop working to better your life, the trick is to have fun while you are doing it.
Yeah, if you don't try to always further yourself in life, you might as well not be alive. There's always more, whether it's more happiness, more growing as a person, or just more wealth or whatever.
King_Nothing100I'd rather still be rich.
You can 'talk up' anything. There's someone at my school who goes on about how he thinks WWII was good because it 'thinned down our numbers'. He was wrong obviously but there we go.
In my view a successfull life is the perfect balance of perspective and ambition. I would not be where I am today had I settled on simply being a business analyst 5 years ago. Today I make almost double that, thus allowing me to take extra time out now taking more vacations to spend with my family. Perspective allows to see this all as a bonus. I grew up broke and if it ever hit the fan I'm not afraid of being broke again cause I would live my life with the same dignity I have today. Wealth is not my realization, rather a tool in my life.