Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time is Money

I saw this on FB while scrolling through my newsfeed, so I cannot give them credit, but this is wonderful!  Read on my friends.  This doesn't just apply to kids, it can apply to girlfriends/boyfriends, wives/husbands, family members, or friends.

Time is Money

SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."
SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?"
The father was furious.
DAD: "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 $ 50 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.

DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"

SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".
DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
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.

DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"

SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do.

"Daddy, I have $100 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 $100 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 days. But the family and 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.


This story makes me cry each time I re-read through it.  No matter how fancy your job is, you should always have time for your children.  Facetime while traveling the country is not going to cut it. You might mean well, and 'once your job slows down a bit' or 'once this project is complete' you will stop and take a time out for your children.  Take time TODAY!  Children aren't children forever.

I always see posts and articles on the internet about women who 'have it all', but what is having it all?  Is missing your child's soccer game worth it?  Buying them things when you are with them does not make up for the time you are gone.  Spend time with your kids!  The kids didn't ask to be born, you did have a decision to have them or not, time is much more valuable than 'things'.

I have a ton more to say, but I am not going to say it because I will just ramble.  This topic drives me crazy because people are special and their time, much like your own, is special too.  They are choosing to try and spend their time with you.  The work will be there tomorrow, but your loved ones might not be.

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