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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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  • brotonimo bay September 9, 2019, 9:28 am

    sounds like a real man, I like real me in side me

  • Vivek May 4, 2019, 5:18 am

    Emotional, haert touching and this was different and it goes easily in the mind to understand ?☺️☺️

  • Mekedelawit Taye April 11, 2019, 2:02 am

    This is good story . I like such fathers

  • Anvar saberi June 18, 2018, 6:32 am

    Nice and empressing

  • Felix Okhai February 10, 2018, 6:25 am

    Indeed life is a race……..the more we pursue these material things, the farther they become. Life is just a mirage………Always remember, that what you’re chasing after is not static; it moves

  • Gokulasanthiya August 16, 2017, 9:26 am

    This was good and touching story

  • Sakthivel August 16, 2017, 8:56 am

    The story was very impressed and it tell about we does not what happens at next second the God only knows

  • RASHID ALI KHAN March 16, 2017, 8:56 am

    Very heart touching story. The balance in life in very important. We should equally treat family matters and our professional matters.

  • Hasini March 15, 2017, 1:18 pm

    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 …!!!@@@

  • Laconic basil February 24, 2017, 5:50 am

    Nice story and emmotional

  • Nodira January 29, 2017, 12:37 am

    This is great story

  • Call Wafula December 31, 2016, 9:08 am

    This story is bound between two different moods, motivational and sorrow. The sorrowful part of it comes at the end when, after doing everything, and dedicating all his life abilities for his family, including all the life luxuries he denied himself, like personal time, the father wakes up no more. It’s pretty sad, but also brings out its main point in a more precise manner!

  • Milind October 18, 2016, 1:58 am

    Very true story. It’s the exact reflection of my life. I will improve in my current situation.

  • anne August 23, 2016, 12:37 am

    Treat everyday as if there will be no tomorrow. The most signification thing in life is love. Everything may perish may perish even in your hard work.

  • jake dillion June 1, 2016, 1:00 pm

    High blood pressure is a silent killer. The father should have squeezed in a trip to the doctors for a check-up, specially with all the added stress he was putting on himself.

  • Janan Luwum May 26, 2016, 11:53 am

    It is a touching story, that is what exactly happening to my life.

  • Leo May 23, 2016, 12:47 am

    when i read the story… i cried… because this is happened in my life… I miss my father lot… Due to his hardwork… we become rich… but he is not with us now…

    I am really proud of my dad…

    By Leo.

  • Mmm..)) March 29, 2016, 3:09 am

    Wow…. really amazing and inspirational story….we should know that everyday might be the last one for us… 🙁

  • Mohammad Ahmad March 12, 2016, 9:22 am

    He was died the next day because of the hard work did and no promotion to get more

  • Shailender kumar singh February 17, 2016, 1:08 am

    I like this story. It is true. Parsons should earn money only fill full need. Not more . He should spend his time with his family . Because we don’t know when will we no more .

  • Pawan kumar January 2, 2016, 2:11 pm

    I really feel sorry the way the story ends. We should never forget our family, beloved ones. Human is a social animal. He needs support but at the same time he wishes some droplets of affection and love which only his family and his dear ones can provide.

  • Sreeya December 26, 2015, 3:52 am

    Very interesting… With a great moral..simply superrr.☺

  • Mhynne December 11, 2015, 12:50 am

    Ohh its sad..i felt crying?

  • Dether Valmores October 19, 2015, 5:31 pm

    I’m a college student, when i reading this one. Its very Undeniable and I’ve really Inspired of this Man. He can put some effort for their families. But, The Best you can live of this world, to live together with your families. 🙂

  • K. September 10, 2015, 11:17 pm

    That’s funny. For the people who are doing what he does DON’T STOP. or try to stay awake.

  • Nagaraju June 8, 2015, 2:07 pm

    life is too short. enjoy the life with parents and friends.

  • Dariush May 23, 2015, 8:34 am

    It was impressive..
    We should try to keep balance in all aspects of our lives, the more u have the more u want..My personal belief is that as u gain more ur life becomes harder,,
    then try to be content with what u have..and rest in God he’ll indubitably help u..

  • Kamal Meena April 25, 2015, 6:02 am

    Story was really really real it happens in our life when we desire to live so life ditch us
    When life gives chances so we don’t grab it n we postpone it and father wanted to stay with family but life n time didn’t love it ??

  • Lhay April 17, 2015, 12:49 pm

    For me as a child, we should learn to value the sacrifices our parents are doing to sustain our need and provide our wants. We could do it in our own simple ways for them to see that their hardships were taking us into better life. On the other hand, dear parents, we are begging your attention cuz there comes a time that what we needed is your presence and not the material things anymore.

  • Manpreet kaur March 21, 2015, 3:04 pm

    It is a nice story we should have to take care our family along with work

  • Clint March 10, 2015, 12:31 pm

    It is easy to say that we must have balance in life, but the truth is that it isn’t really that easy.. In order to have balance in life, we must obtain willingness, contentment..

  • Gathution March 3, 2015, 3:10 am

    This is a good story….. i often get complains from my family same as the story but now im giving them enough time. so everybody is happy now.

  • Farooq February 17, 2015, 10:40 am

    Heart melting stories and nice motivated by this. One who follow to spend time with dear one.

  • Bilal Majid December 3, 2014, 4:00 am

    it’s a quite an awesome story…we spend more time with our family..because they need our attention more then other works…we should pursue the work and courses but with in limits and should give more time spend with family and our love once♥♥♥♥♥

  • Nagendra November 28, 2014, 9:37 am

    Balance life… feel the love from the family members, money cannot give the happiness to them.
    as we don’t know when time take us away from them.

  • Aryan October 25, 2014, 4:34 am

    This is really a nice story
    which touched my heart

  • Alex October 9, 2014, 10:01 am

    Good story

  • Imran August 19, 2014, 7:25 am

    Love you Dad we always be with you

  • Yamz July 24, 2014, 6:49 pm

    The story is really inspirational.

  • Gireesh July 12, 2014, 9:38 am

    Nice story, to be happy in life on should balance the professional and personal life

  • Shoaib July 12, 2014, 3:25 am

    Exllent !!!

  • SARMILA NAGES June 18, 2014, 1:24 am

    No words to explain… really heart touching story.. 🙁

  • Hema May 22, 2014, 9:04 am

    It’s really every one learn this story

  • Raju patil May 20, 2014, 8:27 am

    It teaches us material comforts are not so important in life family relations love and affection are important.

  • Mabini Abellano May 17, 2014, 5:03 pm

    I can’t blame the father. The family should appreciate what he father had done for them. Not just keep on demanding his time for them. They should understand his nature of work. Suppose the father stops working and spend time with them almost all of the time, how could they pay their bills and sustain other needs? Solution: No work, no everything because they have those luxuries because of father’s work. They should go back to where it was… being delivery man (of bread) so they could be together most of the time.

  • Kalid May 7, 2014, 4:24 am

    This is good stories that we learn and encouraging us that no one knows what will be after second except ALLAH, so we should be ready every second for death and do well the moment you have

    since you don’t know after second.

  • Kiran Rawat April 13, 2014, 8:39 am

    We work hard to be happier. But not always we need to be happy because as it is said, ‘why happy if you could be normal’.

  • Jian March 25, 2014, 1:27 am

    Try to get the best things for all beloved people forgetting take care of yourself. A hero father.

  • Hanoof March 10, 2014, 11:40 am

    I just cried. He was a really great man I mean he wanted his family to live the best life he did everything but he forgot the most important thing spending time with them but his kids will grow up to be great.

  • Kimberly Hooks March 9, 2014, 11:29 pm

    Great story, the moral of the story for me is CONTENTMENT and BALANCE. Working to live and not living to work.

  • Reddy February 26, 2014, 6:11 am

    Nice moral story but we should be balanced… life is very important so we should enjoy every moment… keep smiling.

  • Daniel February 11, 2014, 12:29 am

    It is very sad story and the father only worked for his family, but he did not know what his family wanted from him!!! His family just wanted to spend time with him!! Then he is gone when he decided it. Forever!

    We need to think what is most important things in our lives!!!

  • K.T. Muthumanikkam January 21, 2014, 7:21 am

    Nice story! Everything in the life to be afforded equally.

  • Ghazala Tarannum January 13, 2014, 2:21 am

    We have to work, earn, and make our family happy.. but the family will be happy with our presence with them and the time that we spend with them more than money and a good home… 🙂 This story is good but also we have to learn that we will have to give some time for our family also to make them happy 🙂

  • Shahbaz khan December 24, 2013, 9:43 am

    We should give more time to our family because life is so small no one know when he died…

  • Zoheb Hajiyani December 15, 2013, 6:46 am

    Live each day as it’s your last day… 🙂

  • Subbareddy December 2, 2013, 1:08 am

    This is the best story in our life, we can know the importance of the family and timings and this story going to tell lot of things related to family values, loves and human beings. Thank you very much to person who has provided this story for me and entire people.

  • Kashif November 12, 2013, 5:59 am

    I salute this man because so many people surrounding us always complain about inflation /government policy/ low income/ leaking of education/ circumstances.

    I saw a lot if people who never learn new skills that’s why they always face difficulties and never enjoy their life also their children do no get good education.

    This man improves himself and also changes the life of his family, I think during his life he also enjoyed because he learned new thing and got high position this is a not normal thing.

    End of the story also teaches us that if one person scarify but rest of family enjoy. I am also out of country and I miss my family a lot and I know how much I feel pain as a for away my family, like me a lot of people out of country but these people thinking about their family even not about themselves.

  • Suyog Rahate November 10, 2013, 10:39 am

    Nice… nice… awesome!!!

  • Suba November 10, 2013, 8:31 am

    Very nice story. It inspired me very much. I too like the father. But what can I do to survive in this world we have work more, at least, to fullfil our basic needs.

  • Sarita November 3, 2013, 7:33 pm

    Your love and affection to your family counts more than your earning. It’s better to live all in a hut with family sharings than to live in a mansion either with riot or with departure.

  • Sunil October 24, 2013, 8:21 pm

    It was too late. Don’t think about money, it will come. We should take care of our family.

  • Iran-Hussein October 18, 2013, 2:22 am

    This story was very fine. I like such fathers.

  • Rajesh October 3, 2013, 6:19 pm

    The father did very much for his family… and forget himself… poor man… It’s very important to know about spirituality.

  • Subir September 29, 2013, 4:24 pm

    This is so good. We all should give more time with our family and with our loved ones also. We should always stand for joint family.

  • Aniket Dalvi September 26, 2013, 2:50 pm

    It is awesome Fadu.

  • Naga September 20, 2013, 9:51 am

    Simple story but in fact a good moral one. It wood be better if we put the different title bcz in the end the father died so it didn’t match with the title.

  • Syed Ibrahim Hussain September 19, 2013, 10:21 am

    It clearly shows, money and promotions never bring happy, in all times. It has certain limits. Happiness is with in, only by satisfaction we can enjoy.

  • Sonakshi Gupta September 19, 2013, 3:35 am

    Life is too short…so many things to do…earn, learn & yes most important I learned from this story is to have equal fun & joy with our near n dear ones…

  • Saed September 17, 2013, 11:09 am

    Great story. Can anyone provide me with the author’s name. I would love to use it in my essay for school, but I need to cite the author and give him credit. Please and thanks in advance.

  • Camilia September 13, 2013, 2:16 pm

    How sad ! This story is very touching.

  • Kyaw Thu September 11, 2013, 6:39 pm

    What I got out of this story was to spend enough time with family. ….

  • Orion September 10, 2013, 1:23 am

    No one can serve between two masters, don’t let anyone to be your priority while you are their option. Brilliant story it really makes my hearts out.

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  • Ortega August 22, 2013, 12:35 am

    Great story. Very true.

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