may I ask you a question?”
sure, what is it?”
much do you make an hour?”
none of your business. Why do you ask such a
just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you
make an hour?”
you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
may I please borrow $50?”
The father was
furious and said, “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 every day for my money.”
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 and asked his son if he was awake and the boy replied that he was.
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, and said, “Oh, thank you daddy!”
Then, reaching under his pillow the boy pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. As the little boy slowly counted out his money, his father asked, “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.
Priorities........ Time is the most precious commodity you have to give to those that are close to you.