The Man Who Had Plenty

The Man Who Had Plenty

From Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

The Man Who Had Plenty

Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.

Dale Carnegie

Once there was a family that was not rich and not poor. They lived in Ohio in a small country house. One night they all sat down for dinner, and there was a knock at the door. The father went to the door and opened it.

There stood an old man in tattered clothes, with ripped pants and missing buttons. He was carrying a basket full of vegetables. He asked the family if they wanted to buy some vegetables from him. They quickly did because they wanted him to leave.

Over time, the family and the old man became friends. The man brought vegetables to the family every week. They soon found out that he was almost blind and had cataracts on his eyes. But he was so friendly that they learned to look forward to his visits and started to enjoy his company.

One day as he was delivering the vegetables, he said, “I had the greatest blessing yesterday! I found a basket of clothes outside my house that someone had left for me.”

The family, knowing that he needed clothes, said, “How wonderful!”

The old blind man said, “The most wonderful part is that I found a family that really needed the clothes.”

Reverend Mark Tidd
As told by Jerry Ullman

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