Live to Work or Work to Live!

Live to Work or Work to Live!

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 the day of worship, 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 worthy 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 holiday home..

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 the day of worship 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 holiday home.. overlooking the coast of Singapore.

On the first evening of the day of worship 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.

More Moral Tales:

Fajr and Shaytan
How Not to Master a Skill!
The Sieve
Climbing the Mountain
The Gift of Sharing
Love and Time
All Things Are Linked!
The House of Three Rooms
The Emperor’s New Clothes
The Flowering Tree
When the Waters Were Changed

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