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What Is Your Outlook On Life?

The most important things in life are not what you own, but the people around you.

What is your outlook on life?  Are you rich or poor?

How Poor Are We

One day a father and his rich family took his son to a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be.  They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family.  When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“Very good Dad!” replied his son.

“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.

“Yeah!”

“And 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 finishing, his father was speechless.

Hi son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!”

Our outlook on life depends on the way you look at things.  What others may think as riches, others may want.  The most important things in life are your friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life.  If you have these then you have everything!

Your outlook on life is determined on how you perceive things.  The most important things in life are not what you own, but the people around you.  Remember to be grateful for the most important riches in your life – family and friends.

Here’s to all our family and friends!

Jen

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Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) December 04, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Why are you such a liberal douche?
Jennifer Moreau December 04, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I'm sorry you choose to see this in this light. Thank you for proving the point of the story: attitude and perspective determines your outlook on life.
jbw December 04, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I always thought I was doing pretty well in life - always comfortable and independent. It came as a big surprise to me to see so many people locally complaining that they were so poor they couldn't meet their "needs" despite having more than twice my income. Then I learned I had amassed enough wealth in my thirties from my "extremely low-paying" job with no benefits to put me in the top quintile nationally. Yet I still hear people say they are poor and struggling despite having two to three times my income plus regular pay raises. How is this possible, you ask? Well, their "needs" include things like a home four times larger than mine, a few big screens, an SUV, and a few hundred a month on cable and phone services. They also "need" to send the kids to an expensive college far away despite their not having the grades to earn real scholarship money. I felt rich without having to fill those needs. They could certainly stand to heed your message and slow down and think a little.
Jennifer Moreau December 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Thx for the response and perspective jbw. Yes, people confuse "needs" and "wants" all the time. Humans really don't need much to survive. Maslow's Hiearchy of needs defines these. The basics are the foundation: food, shelter, oxygen, water. Then, it goes up from there from safety to love/belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization. No where does it mention big screen tvs, large houses, etc. Unfortunately, so many people put more value on "things" in life than their own, TRUE (not superficial or what's conveyed on the outside) personal happiness and relationships with others. The hope is that these attitudes change - even if little by little - so people value others moreso than things.
Jennifer Moreau December 04, 2012 at 08:32 PM
As another insight - value others moreso than things is a hard lesson I learned personally, early on. I was working in the corporate world 60-80 hrs p/wk. Eating horrible, never exercising and spending more time on work to "get ahead" than with family and friends. I had a cancer scare, luckily turned out not to be cancer, but made me wake up and ask the tough question: "Do I want to spend the rest of my life living to work or working to live?" I chose the later, made a career change, went back to school to learn how to own my own business and am now able to help others with their health and fitness. Interestingly... we find that people "value" their time more by spending it at work to buy more "things" than, unfortunately, their health (e.g. I don't have time to workout, eat healthy, spend time with my kids, etc.). They feel like they don't have any other choices when this couldn't be farther from the truth. The good news is, slowly but surely, people are realizing through education, discussion and their own "aha moments"/experiences that there are other options/creative solutions and more value in people vs. things.

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