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Work comes before family

Promotions. We now live in a world where technology has taken the place of face-to-face communication and virtual substitution had to make up for lost personal-intimate time with the ones closest to our hearts. A soon as the college diploma is handed out, students brave the world to try and make a name for themselves, geared to climb up the corporate ladder, seeing it as natural coming of age for this new SEO optimized generation.

I was not spared. Wanting to make a name for myself came naturally to me. I was born and raised in a family where achieving and exceling is a must. Getting everyone’s personal approval and kudos meant a lot to me. Having children and a family did not curb that desire to prove my worth. But to what extent should a person dedicate time, effort and purpose to reach goals at work? Would it all be worth it like they said it would?

I was clueless for years. My mistake was to put my dreams of being promoted over spending time with my family and kids. I was lost, lost in the myriads of absolute yearning to reach my corporate goals, being promoted would make my person grow, or so I thought.

I tried to make time, but corporate work became so demanding I spent most of my day away from home. My kids grew up mostly without a mother beside them. I had to convince myself that all these were necessary in providing the future I wanted for my children. I was wrong. Children equated time to love and presence to value. They needed their parents to be there for them. We should have witnessed their personal milestones in life as they grew older.

Parents are given blessings of offspring as a testimony of faith, God’s trust of loving care and tender guidance. I had lost so many years. Now, I must make up for lost time. I will succeed in getting to know my kids one by one. Each child deserves being loved to the very core of their being.

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Posted on October 16th, 2013 by rainbowexpress2013


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