I use a quote about perspective in the front of my book, because that's the frame of mind I want you to have as you read through the pages. My hope is that you open your mind and see things from a different perspective.
Here's one of those dreaded e-mail forwards that I receive and it sums up the way I want my children to see life, especially when they are experiencing and embracing a new culture.
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
Thanks Jeff for sending this to me!