The Poorest People Have The Richest Soul

This video shows a 10-year-old Argentinean boy, Santiago, getting a cutting board from his parents for Christmas. He thanked his mom, hugged her and tells her that he can’t wait to start cooking with it. Then his parent’s surprise him. Although they are struggling for money they saved up so that they could give him a Tablet and his reaction is beautiful!

He is so appreciative of this gift, but what makes it beautiful is that he truly expressed gratitude for the simple cutting board, because he understood his families struggles.

This video made cry.

I got the following translation of the video from here:

Kid: oh, wooden board! (tableta/tabla = chopping board)

Dad: what does it say?

K: it’s nice, it is to put meat on it and cut it with a knife. Now I’m only missing a fork.

D:yes but, what does the card say?

K:I’ve read it already, “for you to eat barbecue with your knife. We love you a lot mom and dad”. Thanks!

Mom:you can use any fork (hugh) I love you.

-other gift.

D:What does it say?

K:for you to not use Poxiran any longer (Poxiran :glue commonly used to glue snikers). Snikers!… I won’t have to use Poxiran…

Aaand then he sees the tablet inside the shoes box and cries, he did put quite stoic face and tried to look pleased with the first gift.. He is a good boy.

Today children have no value of money and take everything for granted, thinking that the world owes them it all. Small children over 4 years of age own iphones, ipads, Tablets etc. They have all the greatest technology money can buy, simply because mummy and daddy can afford it. But it means nothing to them. It doesn’t even phase them anymore.

Where is the appreciation?

Where is the gratitude?

Where is the respect for ones own gifts and possessions?

Those who have found out that money doesn’t make you rich are the ones laughing. They have found the real treasures of the world and are rejoicing in the simple delights of them.

I’m not a spender and I’m not into spoiling children. But I really want to find this sweet, humble child and buy him and his family everything they need to live a more comfortable lifestyle! When someone truly appreciates something, you are more than willing to lavish them with it.


The Calm Before The Storm

My manager at work who is more like a friend and co-worker made me cry today. But in a good way.

Whilst discussing my progress she noticed an increase in my confidence levels in comparison to when I first started. I made a slight comment on how my strategy was to ‘fake it until I make it’ on the confidence front. This surprised her and she subtly asked around the issue, managing to get me to open up more and explain more about my insecurities. But even though I couldn’t voice them myself she was able to fill in the blanks and made a few comments that hit the nail on the head.

She asked why I felt so insecure and paranoid around others. Did I feel like they would think I wasn’t good looking, that I talked weird, that I dressed weird, that I wasn’t good enough? All these points hit home and I just felt a tear drop roll down my cheek. Then she started complimenting me, saying I was beautiful, smart, charming, bubbly etc. I stopped her, telling her that such words meant nothing when I just honestly and quite simply didn’t believe them. I told her how I felt like people just said that to me to be nice. But the fact that she could see through me just opened me up and had the hurt spilling over. I cried some more and she did the sweetest thing ever. She hugged me and kissed my hair and was just there for me.

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