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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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{ 391 comments… add one }
  • greenygirl April 15, 2011, 10:58 am

    This touched my heart!!!!

  • Win/Toto April 11, 2011, 9:57 pm

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

  • menard April 7, 2011, 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.

  • Alak mutsuddy April 6, 2011, 11:10 am

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

  • poorani March 25, 2011, 12:45 am

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

  • Lyn March 23, 2011, 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.”

  • Boivet Figueroa March 16, 2011, 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…

  • Boran March 11, 2011, 5:06 am

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

  • Aditi February 28, 2011, 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.

  • jagin February 28, 2011, 12:32 am

    nice story……….what an inspiring one….

  • Raheem February 27, 2011, 12:12 am

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

  • Asma February 24, 2011, 4:29 am

    It is nice….

  • shan February 22, 2011, 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……………………..!!!@

  • kate February 21, 2011, 10:15 pm

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

  • aravind February 17, 2011, 6:50 am

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

  • chandana February 9, 2011, 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………

  • Navin Vishwakarma February 2, 2011, 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….

  • Knight February 2, 2011, 12:53 pm

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

  • Lucky January 19, 2011, 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.

  • Holly January 19, 2011, 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.

  • Anamika January 19, 2011, 10:51 am

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

  • PFC Davis January 12, 2011, 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.

  • Sarah January 12, 2011, 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!!!

  • Samyak December 9, 2010, 4:34 am

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

  • Rakesh Bhawtankar December 4, 2010, 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”?

  • Niro December 1, 2010, 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.

  • Fareeha Shams November 3, 2010, 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.

  • Rohit October 29, 2010, 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.

  • Ashwani October 28, 2010, 7:21 am

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

  • Shahid Javed October 26, 2010, 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.

  • Sharmila October 23, 2010, 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 πŸ™‚

  • Hemanth Tirupati October 1, 2010, 1:15 am

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

  • Mohr September 5, 2010, 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.

  • Siddiqui Rehman September 4, 2010, 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.

  • Rekha August 20, 2010, 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.

  • Deepesh August 19, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Sad but true….

  • COD addict August 19, 2010, 5:24 am

    This is a very sad story I ever read πŸ™

  • Tashi Dhendup August 18, 2010, 10:40 pm

    The story is very touching to me.

  • Priya Mathangi August 16, 2010, 8:33 am

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

  • C2 August 9, 2010, 5:28 am

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

  • Subrata August 6, 2010, 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.

  • Jaibhagwan August 4, 2010, 4:15 am

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

  • Gaurav July 6, 2010, 6:51 am

    A splendid message for modern era.

  • Ninad July 5, 2010, 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.

  • Ashri July 5, 2010, 4:10 am

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

  • Anjum July 4, 2010, 2:27 am

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

  • Mehak July 3, 2010, 5:47 am

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

  • Ahmed May 23, 2010, 1:53 am

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

  • Eshaa May 14, 2010, 3:57 am

    Very nice and Really heart touching story No words to Explain

  • SAOLI DUTTA May 1, 2010, 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!!!!!!!!!

  • Becky April 27, 2010, 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.

  • MYOVELA JULIUS April 22, 2010, 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.

  • Yaamini April 15, 2010, 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.

  • Yousuf April 15, 2010, 3:17 am

    Nice story …….

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  • Harikesh March 18, 2010, 6:56 am

    Life is nothing but only a Balance.

  • Palash March 17, 2010, 11:01 am

    More u wish ……more u work….

  • Sridhar March 12, 2010, 2:11 am

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

  • Rosie February 9, 2010, 12:40 am

    πŸ™ 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.

  • Santhosh February 6, 2010, 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.

  • Thats nice February 2, 2010, 11:12 am

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

  • Kattu-chambu January 26, 2010, 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….

  • Moses.I January 19, 2010, 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.

  • M.A.Majeed January 18, 2010, 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.

  • Awesome December 22, 2009, 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.

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

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

  • Kari November 30, 2009, 3:21 pm

    This was sad…:*(

  • Mubi September 25, 2009, 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.

  • Sareesh Madhurakavi September 16, 2009, 10:55 pm

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

  • Saravanan May 22, 2009, 4:00 am

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

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  • Ndoumah Victor April 2, 2009, 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.

  • M@M February 17, 2009, 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..

  • Pooja February 14, 2009, 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 …!!!@@@

  • Eric November 30, 2008, 1:23 pm

    Wow, that’s sad….. πŸ™

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