Charleston, SC Posts


A lesson on being poor

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 can be. 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 can be?" the father asked. "Oh Yeah" said the son. "So 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."

piggy bankWith this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't have. What is one person's worthless object is another's prize possession. It is all based on one's perspective.


I was going through my old emails and found this to be an inspiration today.  I know that times are tough and the market is slower not just for agents, but for sellers as well.  The economy is tight and many things seem uncertain.  While I have been blessed with business, there are times when it is still very frustrating.  A good realtor friend of mine reemphasized that "Business or No Business, we are ALL still VERY BLESSED." To whom much is given, much is required.  There are many people, not just around the world, but even in the United States and in your city, that may not have as much as you to be thankful for.  I have a wonderful heavenly Father, an amazing husband, great family and friends, my health, a job and much more.  What are you thankful for today?Give thanks

Michele Reneau, ABR, GRI, CRS

Follow us on Facebook at

Comment balloon 31 commentsMichele Reneau • October 06 2008 11:05AM


Every morning I thank God for the breath of life, his blessings, his Son- Jesus Christ, my husband, my pets, my family, my needs are being met, etc.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) about 10 years ago

I've always felt that I have been very blessed.  I hope I never take all I have for granted.  I'm not talking about material things.  I'm talking about the things you can't put a price tag on.

Take care.

Posted by Cindy Leiterman, Green Bay, WI (Resource One Realty, LLC) about 10 years ago

Wow Michelle - Pretty cool - what a great reminder on values!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 10 years ago

AMEN!!!! We are truly blesses! I am sooo thankful for everything God has given me. When things get hard we always remember how blessed we are! We have a happy family and healthy children and a house to call home, food to eat. What more can we ask for? We may not have the best of material things but we are RICH in love. Thanks so much for the post!!!

Posted by Sherie Earley-Womack (Choice Real Estate) about 10 years ago

great post.  The sign of a great person is one of humility, and perseverence.  I liked the story, and we have to know how fortunate we are.  Like the old adage says "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"

Posted by Highland Beach Condos David Serle, Boca Raton Agent David Serle (RE/MAX Services) about 10 years ago

I have heard this one before... It really makes you think, doesn't it? I always say if you were in a room with 100 people and we all threw our problems in the middle, we would probably want to go home with our own. That little boy taught his father that he didn't see the "poor people" as being in worse shape..A good lesson for us all.....

Happy Monday,

Lori Isaacson

Posted by Lori Isaacson (Credit Restoration Consultants) about 10 years ago

Spokane Wa Real Estate Expert Great post, yes, in the Torah (old Testament) every third year is the the year of Tithe and this is a time where you give up what you would have saved to celebrate this holy day of thanksgiving and give it to the stranger, widow, and fatherless and let them feel what it would be like to celebrate how you do every year. This is a great lesson for all of us.

Posted by Ross Quintana, Real E Smarter Real Estate Coach - 509-362-1966 (Real E Smarter) about 10 years ago

Being poor can simply be one's perspective, when in reality they are very wealthy.

Posted by Kathy Fey (Fey & Associates) about 10 years ago

i love your post!! Everyday i thank god for what i have and for my wonderful friends & family! ..

Posted by Debbie Salmon (keller williams) about 10 years ago

Dave Ramsey says...Being broke is temporary, being poor is a state of mind.

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

Michele - thank you, thank you, thank you.  I just stumbled on to your blog and it really lifted me up.  It always totally amazes me how much power our thoughts have.  Sometimes we just need to "change our mind!"  You healed a lot of people today.  Thanks again.

Posted by Alyce Martin, Albuquerque - THE Place To Be! (The Realty Group, LLC) about 10 years ago

Always glad to find a kick back into reality story!  This was a great morning read! Thanks for taking the time to share it.

Posted by Charlotte Koch, Realtor-Strongsville,Ohio (Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Southwest) about 10 years ago

Hi Michele - Great story - Nice way to start the week.  Have an excellent week - Laura

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Laura~ Hey friend, Good to see you on AR. Thanks for stopping by. I'm gonna come check you at.

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

Hi Michele.  It's a great story and I like it a lot, especially since I grew up in a farming community in Illinois.  I have often said that I could not have had a better childhood.  Thanks for sharing it with us. 

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

The innocence of a child . . . beautiful!

Posted by Gerri about 10 years ago

Great Story Michele - kids always have the best things to say that really make us to stop and think. I always Thank God, for giving me the best things in life - my two healthy and beautiful children and husband! With all of the stresses in life and Real Estate, it's nice to realize what life is really about - the little things!

Posted by Johanna Roy, The Name Friends Recommend (Counselor Realty) about 10 years ago


THANK YOU!!! Thank you for sharing that inspiring story with all of us on AR today! We are ALL so blessed...we just need to open our eyes to is the inexpensive things that seem to mean the most to our children...My little girls (ahem...teenagers now) often ask me, "Mom, remember when you'd make chicken noodle soup and we'd eat it out in our tent in the rain?" Those were the inexpensive "adventures" we used to go on...a lot has changed since then...we now travel more often, go on Carribean cruises with our children, we have annual passes to Disney...but they often go back to THOSE times...(looking outside to see if it's cloudy out...maybe...maybe a few showers coming our way...time to go make some chicken soup!) Thanks for the "reminder" Michele!

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) about 10 years ago

Michele, Truly worth a gold star! What an uplifiting and timely story

Posted by Cat Zwicker, CRS, Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results! (Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

This is beautiful!! I LOVE IT!! I'm going to bookmark this so I can share it with my children and friends. It is all about perspective!! GBU!!

BTW...I am so thankful for so many things that I could fill this whole page and keep going. BUT...most of all...I am most thankful for my relationship with Jesus Christ...who will never leave me nor forsake me...regardless of what happens. :-)

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) about 10 years ago

Michele, I had seen this story before, and I thank you for the reminder. It's a thoughtful, and thought provoking, story.


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 10 years ago

Michele, thank you for that - great story and very moving.

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) about 10 years ago

I am featuring this in,"Christianity and Real Estate"......

It deserves the honor, because the son in this post has the principle sof the Kingdom of God firmly in hand!!



Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 10 years ago

Thanks Alexander! The son is a wonderful example!  I feel like I have to read this story often and share it with others as often as possible to put things into perspective.

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

Yes, wonderful post. I spent a week in Haiti in high school back in the '70's. What a lesson in poverty!

The majority of the "poor" in the US, have a car, at least one TV, a roof over their heads, a cell phone, and a full belly.

While we are in the midst of economic and social turmoil, I am thankful for our Lord and that we live in the greatest nation in the world. With prayer, we'll get through this.

Dave Culbertson, Broker/Owner, Real Living Home Team, Mount Vernon, OH

Posted by Dave Culbertson (Real Living Home Team) about 10 years ago

I have been to many third world countries and they always teach me something about how poor I am...


marathon florida Keys real estate christian realtor

Posted by Kelly Willey, Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony (Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS) about 10 years ago

This was really beautiful.  I think I'll borrow it, if that is OK. 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 10 years ago

Michele, I had quit worrying about making ends meet anymore. The bible clearly mentioned about how God provides for us and that He loves us much more than the bees and ants. Then, I think back about my life.... that I have never gone to bed hungry because I didn't have food to eat. I do think I'm a worrier sometimes and I need to let that go. I'm getting so much better at it.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

Michelle, Amen! I hate when I find myself complaing. I try to refocus & think of all the blessings & convenienvces & freedoms we have in this wonderful country. Running water is something we take for granted & electricity, plumbing etc etc etc.. When I see the beautiful spirit of the impoverished in countries were there are civil wars, rampant disease and were women walk for miles to get clean water,  it makes me very ashamed if I waste one moment  feeling dissatisfied with anything!

Posted by Ginger Rogers, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) about 10 years ago




Posted by Fathom Realty Group Inc., Get Paid what your WORTH! (Fathom Realty Group Inc) about 10 years ago

oops I hit submit well as soon as hee gave 90% and kept 10%

His business exploded!!!!! 100 fold!!!!!


I made that promiss 2 months ago and God blessed me with more closings in 3 months than 5 years combined!!!

Posted by Fathom Realty Group Inc., Get Paid what your WORTH! (Fathom Realty Group Inc) about 10 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments