November 1, 2000
There were two brothers in a small village in the Eastern Cape. The twin brothers grew up knowing nothing else but poverty. Their father was an alcoholic and their mother a domestic worker. They grew up with very little.
--- Author Unknown --- Submitted by Zola Xhalabile --- South Africa
On their way home one day, their parents were involved in a bus accident and died instantly. The brothers' condition became even worse. At age 17 they separated. Years and years later a family member decided to find them for a family reunion.
One of the brothers was a wealthy engineer owning a construction company. He had a wife and three beautiful kids. The other was an alcoholic with no sense of direction for his life.
The family member asked the engineer, "How did your life turn out like this?"
"What did you expect with a childhood like mine?" he answered.
She moved on to the other brother with the same question.
"What did you expect with a childhood like mine?" was his answer.
This tells us that, "men are not disturbed by the things that happened but by their perception of the things that happened".