let me share a story shared on a group i belong to. i hope we learn from it.
A teacher from Primary School asks her students to write a essay about what they would like for themselves. At the end of the day while marking the essays, she reads one that made her very emotional. Her husband, that had just walked in saw her crying and asked her: What happened? She answered: Read this. It's one of my students essays:
O God, tonight I ask you something very special. Make me into a television. I want to take its place. Live like the TV in my house. Have my own special place. And have my family around ME. To be taken seriously when I talk. I want to be the center of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions. I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives when it is not working. Have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired. And I want my mom to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me. And I want my brothers to fight to be with me. I want to feel that the family just leaves everything aside, every now and then, just to spend some time with me. And last but not least make it that I can make them all happy and entertain them. Lord I don't ask you for much. I just want to live like every TV.
At that moment the husband said: 'My God, poor kid. What horrible parents! She looked up at him and said: 'That essay is our son's'
Even though the above story is just a story, let us take away a beneficial message from it. Ask yourself, do I treat my TV better than my children or my children better than my TV? does my phone get more time from me. When they are trying to converse or tell me something, do i continue with my pinging or texting and tell them to go away. The attention you show to them NOW goes a long way to help make them better human beings.
I hope the story is self explanatory. pay more attention to those you care about, children, spouses, pets, environment, and more........