Thursday, March 3, 2016

What Is Time Worth To You?

I found the following dialog one morning on my FaceBook memories. Apparently I shared it a year or two ago because it meant something to me and it still means something to me now. I don't know who originated it, so I apologize for not sourcing it. 

SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make $100 an hour."
SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow $50?"

The father was furious.

DAD: "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 $ 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.

DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"

SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".

DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."

The little boy sat straight up, smiling.

SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, and started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

DAD: "Why do you want more money if you already have some?"

SON: "Because I didn't have enough, but now I do. Daddy, I have $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.

A friendly reminder to all of you working so hard in life. Time is precious and it slips by so quickly. Don't throw yourself into work so much that you forget to take the time for what is truly important. Family is what should always come first. We are not irreplaceable to the company we work for. If we were to die tomorrow, they would replace us in a heartbeat. However, our family and friends that we would leave behind will feel that loss for the rest of their existence. Please, remember to share that $100 worth of your time with someone you love. It will make them feel like a million. Don't pour all of yourself into your work than you do your family. Remember, take the time for those moments. The ones that are worth cherishing, and always remember to embrace the positivity!!

Source: City Skyline

Man working

Piggy Bank

Father and Son


  1. Hi Pam,

    Very cool story, we need to work to live don't live to work. Some people are addicted to work, while close people need them.

    Awesome that you shared this Pam! Thanks

  2. I think I have read this story before and the first time i read it I was really moved. Time is really precious. Thanks for reminding me again about this.

  3. I will save this quotes and keep them close to heart, "Time is precious and it slips by so quickly. Don't throw yourself into work so much that you forget to take the time for what is truly important. Family is what should always come first."

  4. its really touching.. u really taught a wonderful lesson :)

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