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A matter of perspective, an inspirational story

A father of a wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the intention of showing him how poor people live so his son would be grateful for the luxurious life he had been provided. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return home, 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. “Well, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden, but they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden, but they have countless stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard, but they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on, but 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, but they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “Thanks, dad, for helping me to see how blessed others are so that I can better appreciate what few blessings we truly enjoy.”




10. October 2010. Posted by | Great Texts | , , | Leave a comment

Five Blind Men and an Elephant – A Story About Perspective (from Better Life Coaching Blog)


Once upon a time, five blind men came upon an elephant.

“What is this?” asked the first one, who had run head first into its side.


For more, go to Better Life Coaching Blog


6. September 2010. Posted by | Great Texts | Leave a comment



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The Secret to a Happy Life (via

The Secret to a Happy Life We said in the previous post that Happiness is a Virtue. It surprised me to learn that my little Orthodox Prayer book listed happiness right next to humility, chastity, etc. I was happy to find that being happy is a virtue one can acquire. Happiness is defined as being well adapted, able to show joy, take pleasure in life as it has been given. Essentially we are defining happiness as the art of being content.  It takes spiritual fortitude to keep … Read More

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