Monday, March 03, 2008

An Unwise Investment

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his

5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

 

“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

 

“Yeah sure, what is it?” replied the man.

 

“Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”

 

“That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”

the man said angrily.

 

“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make

an hour?” pleaded the little boy.

 

“If you must know, I make $20 an hour.”

 

“Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down.

 

Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I please borrow $10?”

 

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 work hard everyday for such this childish behavior.”

 

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 $10 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 $10 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, seeing that the boy already had money,

started to get angry again.

 

The little boy slowly counted out his money, 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 $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner

with you.”

 

Share this story with someone you like… But even better,

share $20 worth of time with someone you love.

 

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.

 

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for

could easily replace us in a matter of days.

 

But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss

for the rest of their lives.

 

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work

than to our family .

 

An unwise investment indeed!!!

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