This story is about a very rich kid, John who was very dear to his parents as he was the only child to them. It never happened that he demanded something and it’s not fulfilled.
Once, when he was four year’s old he demanded that he wants to see his dad catch a living fish in front of him. It took eight hours for his dad to catch a fish from a river in front of him. He demanded many things like this and his loving dad and mom fulfilled all his wishes. But he always used to tell his parents that he is having everything but he is still not happy.
When he started going to school he met a guy, very poor, wearing a dirty shirt, flip flops in place of shoes. First the John was very jealous of the poor guy because the poor guy was always happy, smiles all the time, made many friends in very little time. One thing is stuck in the rich guy’s mind that poor can never be happy more than the rich. Eventually they became very good friends.
Once he asked that poor guy, ‘how can you be always happy?’
The little poor kid replied ‘I am happy because I am happy’
John said i am having everything, I wear nice shirts, good shoes, best tie .you have nothing how can be you so happy. Poor guy said come with me I will show you my home may be then you will be able to understand that how I am so happy.
Both went to poor guy’s home. John saw a very small wooden house with many dogs roaming around and a river passing by, no walls to protect his house.
Poor guy said you may be having one dog, we have many. You might be having pool for taking bath; we have this big river always flowing with fresh water. You must be having lanterns to give you light at night, we have billions of stars. You have walls to protect your house we have friends. You have encyclopedias, we have Bible.
Life and happiness is not about having money and every materialistic thing. It’s about having god and good friends in our lives.