Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Workaholic Father

The Workaholic Father

THE WORKAHOLIC FATHER

Once, a certain father was a very hardworking man who delivered bread
as a living to support his wife and three children. He spent all his
evenings after work attending classes, hoping to improve himself so
that he could one day find a better paying job. Except for Sundays, he
hardly ate a meal together with his family. He worked and
studied very hard because he wanted to provide his family with the best money could buy.

Whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough time
with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he
often yearned to spend more time with his family.

The day came when the examination results were announced. To his
joy, he had passed, and with distinctions too! Soon after, he was
offered a good job as a senior supervisor which paid handsomely.

Like a dream come true, he could now afford to provide his family with
life's little luxuries like nice clothing, fine food and vacation
abroad.

However, the family still did not get to see father for most of the
week. He continued to work very hard, hoping to be promoted to the
position of manager. In fact, to make himself a worthily candidate for
the promotion, he enrolled for another course in the open university.

Again, whenever the family complained that he was not spending enough
time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this for them. But he
often yearned to spend more time with his family.

His hard work paid off and he was promoted. Jubilantly, he decided to
hire a maid to relieve his wife from her domestic tasks. He also felt
that their three-room flat was no longer big enough, it would be nice for his family to be able to enjoy
the facilities and comfort of a condominium. Having experienced the
rewards of his hard work many times before, he resolved to further his
studies and work at being promoted again.

The family still did not get to see much of him. In fact, sometimes he
had to work on Sundays entertaining clients. Again, whenever the family
complained that he was not spending enough time with them, he reasoned that he was doing all this
for them. But he often yearned to spend more time with his family.

As expected, his hard work paid off again and he bought a beautiful
condominium overlooking the coast of Singapore. On the first Sunday
evening at their new home, he declared to his family finally that he
has decided not to take anymore courses or pursue any more promotions.
From then on he was going to devote more time to his family exclusively and pay them back for all the times he had missed being with his
family.

But unfortunately he did not wake up the next morning..... ...!

REFLECTION

In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years!

Give enough time to the important things in life like family, friends,
love, sharing a laughter or just listening to others, for others may
truly love you and it is important to give your love back to them in
whatever way you can, not only because they love you, but because in a
way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes
to things around you and find the deeper meaning to life.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those
moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to
experience it again.

Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and listen to what
they have to say. And if you love someone tell them, for you never know
what tomorrow may have in store.

Learn a lesson in life each day that you live! Today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday. Think About it? Was it worth it?

There is nothing more important in life than LIFE itself! Think. ......... ......... ....

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