“I wish my house was bigger. It is just too small.” said Sam.
“Well, I wish I had a bigger swimming pool.” said Brian.
“I wish we had more money.” said Adam.
“You rich kids have life so easy. You live in the best part of town. You go to the best private school money can buy. You’ll probably never have to work for your bread and butter as long as you live and yet you sit and complain.” said George.
George had only lived in the town a few months. He was a new member of the elite group he was criticizing. He was disgusted by their greed and lack of humility. George’s family was not always wealthy and they worked very hard to acquire the wealth they now enjoy.
George was humble, kind, thoughtful and more than anything he was grateful for the blessings his family now enjoyed. He remembers when they did not have food to eat. When his parents could not pay the bills and how difficult things were. He is glad that he had those experiences because they remind him not to be wasteful and ungrateful.
Adam, Brian and Sam had never had anyone speak to them like that before. George hit a nerve, so much so that Sam and Brian made efforts to correct their attitude and behaviour. The three boys became very good friends.
Adam however, was set in his ways and distanced himself from the group. As years went by, the three boys grew into men and joined their family businesses into successful enterprises that not only benefited themselves but others. They were all happy and had beautiful families to share their success with.
Adam also grew up to be successful as well. However, unlike the others he did not have a family to share his success with. He had acquired all the wealth he had dreamed of. Unfortunately, he could not find love because he was convinced that everyone was after his money so he did not get close to anyone.
He eventually died of a heart attack. All the riches he had acquired could not be taken with him in death. His only legacy would be the enormous mansion he built for himself.
George, Sam and Brian to this day would always tell their kids,
“Money is just a medium you use to buy things. Never let it define you. Always let your words and actions define who you are. When the money is gone all we have is each other. ”
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