Is the grass always greener elsewhere?

Today I received an email from my ex-secretary who is still working at the same place. She asked if it would be easy to get a job in the UK whether legally or illegally as long as it pays well. My immediate thought was I could not respond to her email using work email address as it would be hugely inappropriate.What concerns me most is not that she is willing to take up a job through illegal means but that she would sacrifice her time with her family and travel to a completely strange country to earn more money, and she is a mother of two or three children. Is it worth it? I remember my dad was abroad working for six months when I was very young. I remember missing him so much. We were very poor and had to go to a public phone booth to call him may be once a fortnight just to talk for five minutes. It was such a sad experience that I will never forget it in my life. Unless there is absolutely no other choice, I think parents should never leave their children to go abroad for money reasons. What you make out of your earnings is entirely your choice. The most important thing is to be happy and no amount of money can substitute happy times with family.

2 thoughts on “Is the grass always greener elsewhere?”

  1. I agree. Many times, children cherish warm fuzzy family time more than material gifts. The emotional security parents can offer their children is priceless.

  2. The world we are living in is very materialistic. Quite often what we cherish is relative. Adults have problem dealing with social pressure, in this case W’s ex-secretary is willing to sacrifice her time to earn more money abroad, quite possibly not because her family can’t survive in KL, so let alone children when they see friends possessing things that they don’t have. While emotional security is priceless, but I’m afraid that modern children, particularly those brought up in cities with large wealth gap, are demanding more than just that, sigh.

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