Saturday, October 25, 2008

Theory of RM25 for a family

We'd always see in the movie that how people neglected their family over their overwhelming work for the money which, of course, to support their family.. Personally, I do think that I am personally a workaholic.. I understand how someone can work over time for money to support the family and just how a workaholic is..

However, I am not the type that 24/7 WORK WORK WORK.. I know there's someone out there who cares for me.. Actually.. computer itself has pretty much "work" for me to do, even though I am still a university student.. I BLOG, I chat, I play, I manage my online radio company (iStream), I do my assignment and I learn using my computer.. So, try to imagine that now.. How much time could I use just for my computer.. Not to forget, watching MOVIES and ANIMES also part of my computer work..(Sounded more like an excuses ain't it?)

Well, something that is different about me is.. I must work hard for my better future.. I'm still young and still have a long road to walk (if God let me stay on earth longer).. we won't know what's ahead us.. but we can shape the future by start drawing it now..

It's just not the right to neglect your family even though MONEY IS VERY IMPORTANT in this materialistic world.. I do see a lot of similar case like this which normally caused family conflict.. This thing mostly happen to family that are wealthy (or rich in short).. As they got richer and richer, all the excuses given were similar..

"I WORK SO HARD JUST TO MAKE YOU GUYS LIVE WELL, EAT WELL, PLAY WELL"..

Sounds familiar to you?! If your parent are those workaholic type.. show them this story.. Let them know what's more important..

An inspiring story of RM25

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'

DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.

SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.

SON: 'I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'

DAD: 'If you must know, I make RM50 an hour.'

SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow RM25?'

The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don't work hard everyday for such childish frivolities.'

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down , and started to think:

Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that RM25.00 and he really didn't ask for money very often The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' He asked.

'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man. 'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the RM25 you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.

'Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Do remember to share that $50 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

After reading this story, I weep a while.. and I keep telling myself now.. must not OVERDO my work.. We can't buy our family.. but we can always work for money..

Don't let your work OWN you.. but to OWN your work!!

10 comments:

zhengdhong said...

the story really touched me...

Yi Ling said...

not bad ah. you changed US25 to RM25. LOL. but yes, it's true that one cannot buy family love. :]

renaye said...

that email was widely circulated and i got really touched with that.

Harry said...

zhengdhong: it did the same thing to me too.

yi ling: lolz.. well.. i received the rm25 version.. but not totally.. rm25

renaye: yea.. saw it before.. and still is..

Anonymous said...

thats really touching.

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Anonymous said...

sob...so touching.

SherryMint said...

i've read this sory before, but its good to be reminded again how easily we forget our loved ones. thanks. =) good update.

Harry said...

anonymous (kelvin): yeap.. it is..

anonymous: yeap yeapz..

sherrymint: indeed.. have to keep reminding myself too..

chuafc2006 said...

er... how if the son have only 25, the father earns 240 per day?

then he can't even have an hour of his time..

Harry said...

chuafc: good question.. I'll get back to you.. (just kidding)..

seriously, I think the kid should rob his father for that! muahahaz..