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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
expected, Father’s hard work paid off again and he bought a beautiful
condominium. 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.
did not wake up the next day.
you need to spend more time with your family and loved ones now there is time
because nobody knows tomorrow. It’s good to provide people with material needs
but the comfort of our presence with our family and loved cannot be substituted
by any other mundane pursuits.