The Father Who Is Always Too BusyThere is a very busy father who always working. Every day he goes to work before his children woke up and came home very late at night after they were asleep. One day, his five year old son waited for his father to come home until very late at night. When he saw his father, the boy approached him and asked:
Son: Dad, can I ask you something?
Dad: Of course. What is it?
Son: How much earnings do you make in an hour?
Dad: Why do you ask something that had nothing to do with you?
His son did not answer but continued to press his father with the same question. The child really wanted to know how much earnings his father make in an hour. After being pushed several times, his father finally said:
Dad: Ten dollars per hour.
Son: Can I ask five dollars from you?
At the beginning, the father was reluctant but after being persuaded by his son, the father gave him five dollars. The child was very happy and thanked his father. Then he went to take his money-box and withdraw all the money that's inside it. After finished counting, he had a total of ten dollars. Then with glazed eyes, the boy said to his father:
Son: Dad, can I buy an hour of your time? Can you come home an hour earlier tomorrow and have dinner with me?
The child's tone of voice was very heart-breaking and touching. His father agreed to it.
Moral of the story
Measure the things that you've gained in relation with the things that you've to let go. Is it worth it? People cannot gain anything without first giving out something that's equivalent in value whether in term of effort, time, money or any other kind of tangible and intangible things. To obtain something of a higher value, an equivalent value of other things that you may have in relation to it will be lost. There's always an opportunity cost.