Live and Work

by Stephen on September 14, 2008 · 344 comments

in Inspirational Stories

Father was a 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, Father 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, Father 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, Father 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.

Father’s 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, Father 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 Father 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, Father’s 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, Father declared to his family that he decided not to take anymore courses or pursue any more promotions. From then on he was going to devote more time to his family.

Father did not wake up the next day.

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1 Eric November 30, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Wow, that’s sad….. :(

2 Pooja February 14, 2009 at 4:44 am

It was a nice story we should learn that we should spend some of the time with our b’coz God knows what will happen tomorrow …!!!@@@

3 M@M February 17, 2009 at 4:03 am

We should not wait to be happy, with our journey we should give importance to what we should need in the life..

4 Ndoumah Victor April 2, 2009 at 8:54 am

- We should be contented with the little we have.

– We should try and spend much time with our families and our love ones. For the company in which we work can replace us in a couple of days. But our love ones will miss us forever.

– One, two, or three complains, should make us reason good a little.

5 INDER BRAR May 14, 2009 at 2:55 am


6 Saravanan May 22, 2009 at 4:00 am

I am very emotional now because I am just like the Father. But.. promise.. no more…

7 Sareesh Madhurakavi September 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

But what can the Father do………………..
did he had a option to prosper in other way

8 Mubi September 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm

A very nice moral story. I thinks its not work or home where we need to keep balance but all aspects of life.

9 Kari November 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

This was sad…:*(

10 Imtiaz Hussain December 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Nice story, we should take care of our family all the times.

11 Awesome December 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

The point of this story is probably to be happy with what you have, money isn’t important, and you don’t live long.

12 M.A.Majeed January 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

Really touching story which give a clear idea of balancing our life and career. Our loved one are equally important to our work.

13 Moses.I January 19, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Do what you can with what you have and where you are. God knows how much to give, so don’t try to spend all time earning money instead experience some love with family, friends which is very essential for your long term happiness.

14 Kattu-chambu January 26, 2010 at 3:38 am

Something we achieve, some thing we lose; the more we achieve, more things we lose. solution is to live for means; find happiness in small things….

15 Thats nice February 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

I am feeling very sad… really touched my heart, we should make a balance with our work n our family.

16 Santhosh February 6, 2010 at 2:17 am

Be happy with what we are, now a days earning is also very much important in human life, but in earning don’t forget the life, give importance to the human values, spending time with family with little earning is better than not spending much time with family with much earning.

17 Rosie February 9, 2010 at 12:40 am

:( reminds me of my father and fiancee… We dont have any children but i can see that in him so i always try to remind from time to time that i rather be poor if thats what it takes to have spend more time with his family.

18 Sridhar March 12, 2010 at 2:11 am

Wants are unlimited, instead of running with money, spent some time with family and friends.

19 Palash March 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

More u wish ……more u work….

20 Harikesh March 18, 2010 at 6:56 am

Life is nothing but only a Balance.

21 DIDDI SATHISH INDIA April 9, 2010 at 10:18 am


22 Yousuf April 15, 2010 at 3:17 am

Nice story …….

23 Yaamini April 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

I think differently.He thought he has achieved and all his work is accomplished that is why he died. If he was planning to give more comfort for his family he might be alive to work hard to fetch them all.

24 MYOVELA JULIUS April 22, 2010 at 4:37 am

Hello my friends it is better to spend your time with little you have with your family no matter what you have…..we should agree that family has more value than money . . . . . .but the story of our father is very sad…..hat’s to the author.

25 Becky April 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

There could be 2 morals here to learn:

First: Keep working, or else you will die.

Second: Work and family must have a balance for a happy life.

26 SAOLI DUTTA May 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

Quite an awesome story. Hope we don’t just end with reading it. We should actually be bold enough to balance between the two!!!!!!!!!

27 Eshaa May 14, 2010 at 3:57 am

Very nice and Really heart touching story No words to Explain

28 Ahmed May 23, 2010 at 1:53 am

It is very nice story, the life needs will Continue more and more so we have concentrate only for the necessities.

29 Mehak July 3, 2010 at 5:47 am

This was a nice and interesting story, a lot can be learned from.

30 Anjum July 4, 2010 at 2:27 am

It was a very interesting story, in fact it really touched my heart.

31 Ashri July 5, 2010 at 4:10 am

Wow that was a nice story which can teach that our beloved ones are more important than money.

32 Ninad July 5, 2010 at 5:28 am

Desires can be unlimited. One has to decide the level of basic necessities, what level of comfort and luxury one wants for himself and his family. On being a father his duty is also to creat his children into good citizens which can be achieved by living with his family.

33 Gaurav July 6, 2010 at 6:51 am

A splendid message for modern era.

34 Jaibhagwan August 4, 2010 at 4:15 am

I appreciate with the story I want to do same thing in the story.

35 Subrata August 6, 2010 at 1:06 am

We shouldn’t ignore our life to enjoy our work and never work for life. So enjoy the life by keeping balance between job and work.

36 C2 August 9, 2010 at 5:28 am

This story is a heart melting one. We should give importance to all things in our life, especially for the family.

37 Priya Mathangi August 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

Very touching!… trust me.. its simple but the BEST

38 Tashi Dhendup August 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm

The story is very touching to me.

39 COD addict August 19, 2010 at 5:24 am

This is a very sad story I ever read :(

40 Deepesh August 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Sad but true….

41 Rekha August 20, 2010 at 5:29 am

We should enjoy every moment of life, since we don’t know what is going to happen the next moment of life.

42 Siddiqui Rehman September 4, 2010 at 5:34 am

It’s astonishing.

Life is precious and valueable, keep your life busy only for needs not for greed. Coz, needs of every person is fulfilled but greed are not fulfilled even of price.

43 Mohr September 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I need to have every little time with my family so that I dont give any excuse about that so help me God.

44 Hemanth Tirupati October 1, 2010 at 1:15 am

Enjoy each and every movement with a person who loves u, that is the real earning…..

45 Sharmila October 23, 2010 at 7:19 am

One should not always dedicate all his time to work..there always must be a balance between family and work..because both are important for life :-)

46 Shahid Javed October 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

It is nice story for those people who love their belove one but don’t know the way to express their love and think money is everything to keep the family happy. But at the end, it goes to waste. So enjoy your every current moment either work hard or not.

47 Ashwani October 28, 2010 at 7:21 am

Really awsome truly inspiring, value should be given to life n love.

48 Rohit October 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Life is beautiful – Make it more beautiful by spending time with beloved one because no one knows, Why we are sent by god on earth.

49 Fareeha Shams November 3, 2010 at 7:27 am

Alas! Death took off everything. All that hard-work was of no use. It filled my mind with immense sorrow bt changed my perspective one must live life to its fullest who knows whats going to happen in future.

50 Niro December 1, 2010 at 4:11 am

We won’t know what will happen tomorrow. When we are not satisfied with what we have and go for more, life will become a burden and we start to suffer more. On the other hand if we were satisfied with what we have we wouldn’t lose what we already have in the first place. A rich man is a satisfied man and a poor man is someone who thinks that he does not have enough. It’s not the matter of money that labels us rich and poor.

51 Rakesh Bhawtankar December 4, 2010 at 6:54 am

Very Good. This is reality of today’s scenario. We have to think seriously. ”WE ARE LEAVING LIFE FOR WORKING OR WORKING FOR LIFE LIVING”?

52 Samyak December 9, 2010 at 4:34 am

Nice one ..
Moral : strike a balance in life..

53 Sarah January 12, 2011 at 7:58 am

This is really nice story I had to speak something on class assembly and I spoke this I was really encouraged and my story was liked by all!!!

54 PFC Davis January 12, 2011 at 11:00 pm

It’s important 2 him to provide for his family but where he went wrong was being absorbed with doing better so when all the work was done it was to late good morale in the end do what is right for ur family but don’t let ur life get absorbed shit were all running outta time so be responsible but don’t let ur life control u who knows if u’ll get it back before its to late to really live.

55 Anamika January 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

It was a good and inspiring story. It encouraged me to live and work for family.

56 Holly January 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Ahhhh that’s sad but he should have worked hard and spent time with his family because family means more than a bit of money or a holiday or a house as long as they ain’t living on the streets they are fine.

57 Lucky January 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

The stories are very nice and heart touching. The stories are inspiring me and encouraging me to live and work with my family.

58 Knight February 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Time should be spent with beloved ones. A man should not only think of the luxuries but of family.

59 Navin Vishwakarma February 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I too like this and lost the family… now differences are so much that can’t get wife and children back… now no use of my position… hope nobody should have this situation…. keep balance between work and family… hope my sara or my children kamini and lalit will read this story and my comment and remember me….

60 chandana February 9, 2011 at 4:53 am

nice story but at last it was sad that father did not spend time with his family so we should not wait for the time to be with the family because who knows what will happen for next moment………

61 aravind February 17, 2011 at 6:50 am

plan as if you are going to die after 100 years and act as if you are going to die today.

62 kate February 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

we should be contented on what god give to us….dont ask too much…….

63 shan February 22, 2011 at 1:07 am

Such a nice story, but we have to give importance to the both. A man should not only think of his profession, at the same time he has to give importance to his family. bcoz if he loses his job he can get something better than that, but if he loss his family he cant……………………..!!!@

64 Asma February 24, 2011 at 4:29 am

It is nice….

65 Raheem February 27, 2011 at 12:12 am

He had many chances to be with his family but he always thought there was no perfect time for it.

66 jagin February 28, 2011 at 12:32 am

nice story……….what an inspiring one….

67 Aditi February 28, 2011 at 4:29 am

Why poor father has been blamed always? It’s not his wish to stay away from the family. Its the responsibility for his family that makes him harsh. lt’s not the fault of the father but the company gives them loads and loads of work to finish before leaving the office… poor for his bread and butter he has to obey. So don’t blame father instead help him, love him, show him by your good deeds that you, family will return his your hard work in this form.

68 Boran March 11, 2011 at 5:06 am

We all should balance to everything done for better life in this world.

69 Boivet Figueroa March 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

The story never mentioned God. Yes, the Father probably did everything he could for his family but without having thoughts for God… Herein where he lost…. We can work hard and make money, BUT when those things get the better of us, then we may be in dire poverty in our soul.

Don’t let riches – or the pursuit of riches- derail our relationship with our family and God…

70 Lyn March 23, 2011 at 5:22 pm

“There is a time to everything, Live life to the fullest.
We should balance all things. The person do not know how to manage his/her time will soon notice that TIME is killing him/her.”

71 poorani March 25, 2011 at 12:45 am

A few people life should be for others like the father, devoted scientist, true politician, etc………

72 Alak mutsuddy April 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

Every day is a gift to us (with every side) so we should enjoy it,

73 menard April 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

i think his learning from series of education is not enough for him to be a manager. because to be a manager you must know how to manage your work and family. you cannot perform well in your job if you could not understand the setting priorities.

74 Win/Toto April 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Very nice story…. It has a very nice message…

75 greenygirl April 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

This touched my heart!!!!

76 ISH KARIR April 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

It’s a great learning message. One must learn & adopt some realistic approach to live overall wonderful life with our loved ones.

77 satish April 18, 2011 at 11:17 am

it was simply a question of time mismanagement

78 MOHIT April 25, 2011 at 10:52 am

Very nice story indeed, but it was the unconditional love for his family that father had to sacrifice so much. and love dosen’t only mean happiness it means sacrifice and forgiveness too…

79 samrat April 26, 2011 at 1:11 am

the span of life is very’s a true fact that none can deny.
there should be a balance in all way they undergo.

80 Rahul katlana April 26, 2011 at 7:12 am

Dear All,

Please spend maximum time with your family. Because tomorrow is not predictable and not sure so please take care of your family. I love this story and I learn many things. It’s a heart touching story.

81 JS April 30, 2011 at 4:42 am

The story is really heart touching but are’nt we all running the same rat race.

To progress in life one has to work hard or even overwork but one should be wise enough to know at what cost.

82 TOMYAILA May 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

yessiaaaaaaaaaaaa–i like this

83 SriGouri Yedlapalli May 9, 2011 at 10:40 am

We have to spend our quality of time with family to make them happy, to make ourselves happy. Atleaset 1 to 2 hours with your family to try to understand them. I am missing my mom & dad like this.

Sri Gouri Yedlapalli, 5th class, Hyderabad

84 Dash May 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

It’s lesson for every one

85 Babli May 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

Good but father is right in his own part…..

86 aditi May 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

life is too short…….you need to set your priorities. money and comfort is not everything which a family needs from you. what they really need is only you. your love,your time. because a family is incomplete even in the absence of 1 member. so we need to understand this and need to maintain a balance in your life.

87 Rachel May 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

Success achieved at the cost of our family does not have worth of even a penny.

88 Brajesh Joshi May 23, 2011 at 3:13 am

Life is a continuous process of doing endless tasks………………………..

89 pavani.swa May 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

its an excellent story which tells the importance of balancing work and family in life

90 Seema May 30, 2011 at 6:12 am

This is a really good and touching story.

91 Chandra Singh May 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Fear of failure is result of failing yourself only. Drawing & Shaping your correct vision towards endless effort of success should be moto of life.

92 Alidu June 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

That’s very sad and pathetic.
We should learn to celebrate whatever we have no matter how little it may be. We should also learn to live and work not work and live.

93 Catrik June 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

Everything has a limit…….So, Life is SHORT make it SWEET…..

94 Rajasekhar.s June 22, 2011 at 7:30 am

It was a great feeling that father sacrificed his time for his family and thought provoking is, he loves his family and he wants to keep them happy forever doesn’t matter he was dead or alive.

95 N. Jayachandran June 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

We should learn that how to enjoy every moment in our life.

96 Susheel. Y June 30, 2011 at 11:10 pm

No more words to say….

97 Dan July 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

Work is not GOD. A man can work hard, but his wfe should take a good care of the husband. Too much of greedy leads to death.

98 Sukanya July 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

Good story, but in life, money is important for everything. We should balance our time to earn money and to enjoy with family.

99 Tina Jaggi July 9, 2011 at 2:47 am

Good story and attractive………………..

100 Kaynat July 10, 2011 at 3:59 am

Very nice story………and I am inspired.

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