Few days ago, I surfed the web and one picture reminded me this story.
This story was told few years back by my line of mentors in Malaysia, a group of leaders that I will never ever forget.
Enjoy the story...
A boy who demand loves...
Lived in a peaceful neighborhood, one father never expected that his love towards his son got into a junction. He need to choose either to live with what he wanted or his son's request...
As a mediocre person, the father will wake up early in the morning to go to work. He belief that when you want something you need to sacrifice something...means, although he has not enough valuable time with his son, but the need of getting money and 'high class' of lifestyle enforced him to keep going and searching for more money. However, its not only for him but also for his son...
In the other situation, his son,7 yrs old, who now live alone without love of a mother (tragically involved in accident 1 year ago), getting thirsty not for his father's money...presents...toys...or whatever young children usually need...but, more to his father's love and time.
The situation in this family got worsen, after the father was promoted to become VP in one of the major company his working with.
One day, this little boy ask his father..."Papa, tomorrow could you play a baseball with me...I want to play with you papa...plsss."said the boy.
Without looking, his father answered, "Ok, I promise you son."...then he continued doing his calculations.
What a big smile expressed on the child's face. After such a long time, he never played with his father. Now, his father suddenly agreed to play with him...what a shock but wonderful time he had.
The day after, which was the day this child waiting for...he woke up early in the morning. Got dressed, and managed himself alone.
He run to his father's room..."Papa,papa.. come let's play..."
Another shock happen, ... his father already got dressed. But, got dressed and ready to attend a very important task in his workplace...
Then the child asked his father,"Where do you want to go papa...?" asked this little boy.
"I need to go to work son. They call me this morning...I need to attend it. It's important..."answered the father while holding his son's shoulder.
"But, we already made a promised yesterday...weren't you?"the child sounded sadly.
"Ya...but you see Jack, I need to go to work, to provide us delicious foods, big toys for you and whatever you wanted to have..."the father replied.
"I know, but I already have all that, now the only thing I want is to play with you, papa..pleaseee,"answered the child again.
After a short paused, the father quiet and don't know what to do...
Then the child asked his father,"Papa, how much the company pay you...?"
It is quite strange when a 7 yrs old child asked such a question..."Why you asked such question?"
"I just want to know...please answer me..."continued the child.
"Erm, ok...50 bucks per hour...so, now you need to answer me then, why you asked this question?" asked the father.
The child asked again,"So today how long you will work?"
"6 hours only..."father answered.
"That means, you will got paid 300 bucks rite, for today?"stated the child...
"Then I know what to do, I want you to stay here...don't go anywhere."the child requested.
Running quickly to his room, getting his chair and climb up to his cupboard..the boy reached his piggy bank.
The piggy bank had stored such quite amount of money, where came from allowances, gifts from his grandparents and uncle John, his father eldest brother.
He broke the piggy bank and grab the money inside, it is about 100 bucks...
He ran again to his father room,
"Papa, I know I have not enough money to pay you...but, I have 100 bucks now. If I pay you, would you play with me for 2 hours,please???" begged the boy...
Tears felt on his father's eyes...
I know this story, should not be ended in such a way...but I did it on purpose.
I want you all to think, what if you are the one who stuck in this situation?
a. Would you ignore your child's request.
b. Would you break promises you made.
c. Would you jeopardize you career for you child.
d. Would you take you child's money instead the company...
e. or, you don't ever wished it happens.
Believe me friends, sooner or later all of us will follow the flow of life...
Get a good grade, good promising salary's job, got married, have children, nice house, perfect lifestyle...
But, to get these, most of us need to sell our time...and when we sell our time to a big company, how about our time to the family.
Some said, it's o.k...But,you know what? Its not o.k when you cant see your child grow.
The most important time for a child is during early of his life. This is the time when they need love most...but, unfortunately...this is also a time for us (maybe as a doctor) to get involved in high promising kind of lifestyle.
Erm, so what to do? I have the answer...but what about you?
Wise person can think...
p/s: This story never made to mock or insult anyone...even myself got into a dilemma when asked about this. But, like I said...we all can think.