A man returned home late from work, irritated and fully tired, and to his surprise he found his little daughter waiting at doorstep for him.
By seeing him his daughter started the conversation like:
Daughter: “Dad, may I ask you something?”
DAD: “with anger moaned, tell me what is it?”
Daughter: “tell me how much do you earn an hour?”
DAD: “You have no business to ask this, why are you asking this to me?”
Daughter: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you earn an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make Rs 200 an hour.”
Immediately the little girl said, “Daddy, can you please lend me Rs 100?”
The father was furious and replied, “You just waited for me to ask some money from me to buy something silly, idiot, get back to your bed and sleep”.
The little girl quietly went in her room and shut the door. After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something she really needed to buy as she really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little girl’s room and opened the door.
“Are you asleep, dear?” He asked.
“No dad, I’m awake,” replied the daughter.
“Am sorry, I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took out my anger on you. Here’s the Rs 100 you asked for.”
The little girl sat straight up, smiling and yelled “Oh, thank you dad!” and reached, under her pillow and pulled out some crumpled rupee notes and started counting the money.
The father shouted “Why you want more money when you already have some?”
The little girl replied “Because it is not enough,”
And she ran towards her dad and asked, “Daddy, Can I buy an hour of your time tomorrow? Here is Rs 200 so please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”
So what are the take aways from the story?
– Work is holy – but not wholesome – FAMILY is also crucial!
Don’t take those close to you, for granted. You might wake up one day and realize that you have lost a diamond while you were too busy collecting stones!