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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Part Two: The one eyed-mother.

She wrote
My son, I think my life has been long enough now.
And I won’t visit Seoul anymore… but would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I miss you so much. And I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I decided not to go to the school…. For you…

I’m sorry that I only have one eye, and I was an embarrassment for you. You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn’t stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye, so I gave you mine.

I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye. I was never upset at you for anything you did. The couple times that you were angry with me. I thought to myself, ‘it’s because he loves me.’ I miss the times when you were still young around me. I miss you so much.


-I love you. You mean the world to me-

Monday, July 13, 2015

The embarrassing one-eyed mother.

My mom only had one eye. 


I hated her… she was such an embarrassment. My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell… anything for the money we needed she was such an embarrassment. There was this one day during elementary school.

I remember that it was field day, and my mom came. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school… “Your mom only has one eye?!” and they taunted me.

I wished that my mom would just disappear from this world so I said to my mom, “Mom, why don’t you have the other eye?! You’re only going to make me a laughingstock. Why don’t you just die?” My mom did not respond. I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I’d wanted to say all this time. Maybe it was because my mom hadn’t punished me, but I didn’t think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.

That night… I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me. I took a look at her, and then turned away. Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told myself that I would grow up and become successful, because I hated my one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty.


Then I studied really hard. I left my mother and came to Seoul and studied, and got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids, too. Now I’m living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it’s a place that doesn’t remind me of my mom.

This happiness was getting bigger and bigger, when someone unexpected came to see me “What?! Who’s this?!” It was my mother… Still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling apart on me. My little girl ran away, scared of my mom’s eye.


And I asked her, “Who are you? I don’t know you!!” as if I tried to make that real. I screamed at her “How dare you come to my house and scare my daughter! Get out of here now!!” And to this, my mother quietly answered, “oh, I’m so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address,” and she disappeared. Thank goodness… she doesn’t recognize me. I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn’t going to care, or think about this for the rest of my life.



Then a wave of relief came upon me… one day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. I lied to my wife saying that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went down to the old shack, that I used to call a house…just out of curiosity there, I found my mother fallen on the cold ground. But I did not shed a single tear. She had a piece of paper in her hand…. it was a letter to me.


She wrote ... 


Part two coming soon! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

One day I asked God ...

One day, I decided to ask God for everything I wanted...



I asked for strength,
And God gave me difficulties to make me strong;

I asked for wisdom,
And God gave me problems to learn to solve;

I asked for prosperity,
And God gave me brain and brawn to work;

I asked for courage,
And God gave me dangers to overcome;

I asked for love,
And God gave me people to help;

I asked for favors,
And God gave me opportunities.


I received nothing I wanted; 
I received everything I needed.

-Galatians 6:9 
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, 
if we do not give up."

Friday, June 26, 2015

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody

This is a little story about 4 people named EverybodySomebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

-----Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done...


Got it?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Daddy, can I ask you a question?




SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a
question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make
an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business.
Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell
me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make $100
an hour."

SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow
$50?"
The father was furious.

DAD: "If the only reason you asked that
is so you can borrow some money to
buy a silly toy or some other nonsense,
then you march yourself straight to
your room and go to bed. Think about
why you are being so selfish. I work
hard everyday for such this childish
behavior."

The little boy quietly went to his room
and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get
even angrier about the little boy's
questions. How dare he ask such
questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man
had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really
needed to buy with that $ 50 and he
really didn't ask for money very often.
The man went to the door of the little
boy's room and opened the door.

DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"
SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".

DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was
too hard on you earlier. It's been a
long day and I took out my aggravation
on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
Then, reaching under his pillow he
pulled out some crumpled up bills. The
man saw that the boy already had
money, started to get angry again. The
little boy slowly counted out his
money, and then looked up at his
father.

DAD: "Why do you want more money if
you already have some?"
SON: "Because I didn't have enough,
but now I do.

"Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an
hour of your time? Please come home
early tomorrow. I would like to have
dinner with you."

The father was crushed. He put his
arms around his little son, and he
begged for his forgiveness. It's just a
short reminder to all of you working so
hard in life. We should not let time slip
through our fingers without having
spent some time with those who really
matter to us, those close to our hearts.

Do remember to share that $100 worth
of your time with someone you love? If
we die tomorrow, the company that
we are working for could easily replace
us in a matter of days. But the family
and friends we leave behind will feel
the loss for the rest of their lives. And
come to think of it, we pour ourselves
more into work than to our family.

Some things are more important.

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