Work-Life Balance: A Message For A Professional

ខែ​មីនា 12, 2008 បញ្ចេញមតិ Go to comments

Today, when I check my email inbox I have found a message from my former colleague, in which it contains touching story that a professional should consider. After I went through the story, it makes me awakening. Actually, this story is not new to me. It buzzes around my ears. It used to be brought up for discussion in the staff meeting at my workplace. Whatever you are, a employer, a professional, an IT specialist, a teacher, a journalist, a engineer, a laborer, a mechanic, or a waiter, … please spend just a few minute to go through the below story and think about it.

A small touching story mainly for professionals. ..

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?” replied the man.

SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”

DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”

DAD: “If you must know, I make Rs.100 an hour.”

SON: “Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow Rs.50?”

The father was furious, “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 Rs.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.
“Are you asleep, son?” He asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier” said the man.

“It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you.. Here’s the Rs.50 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you daddy!” He yelled.

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.

“Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.

“Daddy, I have Rs.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 Rs.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 & 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.

Please bear it mind that although you are so successful at work, you are still a loser in family if you fail to manage your work-life balance. Remember that more working hours don’t mean more productivity.

  1. ខែ​មីនា 13, 2008 ម៉ោង 11:46 ព្រឹក

    Touching one! Although I’ve heard similar story to this. Yeah, family, loved one is very important… people please spend sometime and don’t be so money minded… it can not buy life 🙂

  2. ខែ​មីនា 13, 2008 ម៉ោង 8:48 ល្ងាច

    You are right, Jackie. Money can’t buy your past. Life is short, so enjoy life.

  3. Phy
    ខែ​មីនា 17, 2008 ម៉ោង 12:14 ព្រឹក

    Seen this some time ago too. Been thinkin of how to do so. Hope i wont get too messed up about my profession.

  4. ខែ​មីនា 18, 2008 ម៉ោង 10:41 ព្រឹក

    hehe, i got this too n i also post in my blog too. Anyway it good to spread it out, 🙂

  5. ខែ​មីនា 18, 2008 ម៉ោង 10:01 ល្ងាច

    Sorry that I made duplication 😀 Anyway, I decided to post it because it was so touching to me.

  6. ខែ​មីនា 21, 2008 ម៉ោង 2:05 ល្ងាច

    ចំឡែកអីតែខ្ញុំ អត់ដែលបានឮសោះ កុំតែvannnara ផូសទេ កុំអីអត់ដឹងរឿងដែលគួរឲ្យក្តុកក្តួល រំភើប ញ័បញ័រចឹងសោះ… អរគុណហើយ

  7. ខែ​មីនា 21, 2008 ម៉ោង 6:39 ល្ងាច

    បើ​បាន​ដឹង​ហើយ​ត្រូវ​ចេះ​រៀប​ចំ​ខ្លួនទៅ​ចឹង កុំ​អោយ​ដល់​មាន​កូន​ប្រយ័ត្ន​កូន​សុំ​ចឹង​ដែរ 😀

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