Thursday, March 02, 2006

My Family

I received this e-mail from one of my mate. The funny thing is that I usually ignore such mails and just delete them. But this was different, it had the subject of the thing that is most important to me, My family.

Here I have the same poem that was sent to me. I did not write it, so don't give me credit for it, I am just sharing the poem. May god bless the person who wrote the lovely poem and I hope that it will make an impact on you like what it had made on me.


I ran into a stranger as he passed by,
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply.

He said, "Please excuse me too;
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I.
We went on our way and we said good-bye.

But at home a different story is told,
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal,
My son stood beside me very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heart broken.
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed,
God's still small voice came to me and said,

"While dealing with a stranger,
common courtesy you use,
but the family you love, you seem to abuse.

Go and look on the kitchen floor,
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you.
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue.

He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise,
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small,
And now my tears began to fall.

I quietly went and knelt by his bed;
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?"
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree.

I picked 'em because they're pretty like you.
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today;
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way."
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay.
I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too,
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think? So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?

Reading all of the stuff sent in the e-mail really had a big impact on me, I am starting to miss my family back home. I think I will arrange to go back later in summer. I never really ever taught about how my family feels at times. I put too much ahead of my family.

Never take your loved ones for granted. You may never know until its too late. Don't live to regret.

My conclusion is Family First!

I hope this helps! Please share this lovely poem with your friends and family. It might change a person.

Take care.

Benny Ong

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