Once our daughter was born, my husband and I agreed that it was best for me to quit my job and stay home to raise her and any future children. My husband is an excellent provider and there’s nothing we could want for as a family. Still, there are times when it’s tempting to go back to earn “more” money, to pay for more luxuries. I remember hearing you tell a story about a man who was asked “how much money is enough money?” He replied “Just a little bit more.” Regretfully, I fall into this way of thinking from time to time, and recently, it got the best of me.
I applied for a job where I’d work four days a week, ten hours a day. I’d work on days my husband was off, so I thought it was a “win-win” for both of us. My kids wouldn’t be in daycare and we could have more money. Not ten minutes after I filed my application, my daughter and I heard my 3-month-old son laugh for the very first time. He was giggling non-stop at one of his toys. It was a magical moment for both of us. If I was working, I would have missed seeing the light in his eyes as he discovered his voice, the happiness on my daughter’s face when she was laughing with her brother, or the overwhelming warmth in my heart as I witnessed all that joy. I rescinded that application immediately.
Now when I get in the mind frame of wanting more money, I ask myself “how much time is enough with your children?” And I answer “just a little bit more.”
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