Monday, 24 August 2009

Family is More Important Than Employer

I read before in an email that you should not work too hard for your employer. Yes work ... but don't kill yourself for the company. Instead work hard to nurture relationships with family members.

Reason is because your company is not going to be around after you retire and they certainly won't give two hoots about you after you've left the company.

Instead, family members will be around no matter what age or stage you are in your life. Family members will stick by you through thick and thin, no matter what happens.

I couldn't agree more with that email, especially after going through 4 days of high fever and home quarantine alone in my apartment.

Throughout my ordeal, a few of my colleagues sent me messages asking how am I doing and that I'd get well soon. My boss? Well ... I didn't even get a single message from her. I would like to give her the benefit of the doubt that she was busy during that time.

When my family and friends found out about my condition, they sent text messages everyday asking how I'm doing. I even got calls and messages from as far as Norway and Ireland.

Since I could not leave the apartment, some of my friends offered to buy food for me or anything I needed. One friend offered to give me a sponge bath, hahaha.

And mother's being mothers, my mum was even prepared to take 2 trains and 1 cab to get from her place to mine just to drop off barley water to cool my raging fever. But I didn't let her.

When fruits ran out at the apartment, I rang my housemate and gave her a list of items to buy. The sweet girl immediately bought apples, grapes and fruit juices after work and she even bought dinner. I owe you one, Wendy!

What can I say but a big thank you to all of you who helped me pull through the 4 days of misery. A huge hug and a wet kiss to you! God bless you all always!

And remember ... invest in the things that matter in life - family & friends. Don't work too hard and kill yourself for your employer. It's not worth it.


FWD said...

you are absolutely 100% right. i learned this when i left 'the bank' last year and i looked back with regret on pain i had caused my husband & children. now i know that health, family, love & friends are to be cherished - not our employer.
hope you are feeling better my dear friend

Anonymous said...

Family is definitely more important. The working world is the most merciless, they don't care whether you have problems or whatnot, if you can't perform, out you go. Whereas family, no matter how you disagree with them, will still be the ones with you no matter what happen.

Anonymous said...

can I have that interesting e-mail u were talking about? Pls thnks ;)

Julie Lim said...


Thanks for the heartfelt sharing. I'm glad you've made the right choice!

Julie Lim said...


Totally agree with you - the corporate world only knows how to suck the blood of its workers!

Julie Lim said...


I would definitely post that email in this blog if I can find it in the first place!

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