Sometimes, I spend too much time in front of the computer, while I know my kids need my time and attention. I feel some kind of guilt as I get reminded of this wonderful story of a dad who learned a big lesson from his life's tragedy. This life-changing story below I gladly share to fellow parents is from RexBarker@Joke-Of-The-Day.com.
While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. "That's my son over there," she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.
"He's a fine looking boy," the man said. "That's my son on the swing in the blue sweater." Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. "What do you say we go, Todd?"
Todd pleaded, "Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes." The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart's content.
Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. "Time to go now?"
Again Todd pleaded, "Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes." The man smiled and said, "Okay."
"My, you certainly are a patient father," the woman responded.
The man smiled and then said, "My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I'd give anything for just five more minutes with him. I've vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd.
"He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is . . . I get five more minutes to watch him play."
(This is Rex Barker reminding you that in life it is critical to prioritize your values. Look at where you are spending most of your time. Now ask yourself, what are the most important things to you. If the two dont match, then you have a big disconnection in your life. Try to rebalance them, and your divine soul will start to truly feel happy.)
Thanks a lot for the reminder, Rex Barker. I'm learning a lot of lessons from you and they're worth sharing.