The assurance of a greener pasture
and the guarantee of a brighter future
are two of the most promising things
in the minds of people
who work in a foreign land.
They left home, family and friends
to live somewhere else in the world
in the hope of a better tomorrow.
And better tomorrow is clearly about bigger salaries
and more opportunity to make money
than in their homelands.
They didn't care about having to deal
with new surroundings,
new environment and new people,
as in people of different race,
culture, religion, etc.
as long as their goal of earning more money is achieved.
Being away from loved ones
maybe heartbreaking for a while
as well as being homesick
but it won't last for long.
Tears may overflow for weeks and weeks for many.
But when they adjusted to their new life away from home,
they felt happier and more contented
thinking that they will be bringing home
a lot more money than they used to.
But there are some things
that are worth consideration and discussion.
As in most things,
there's always good and bad about it.
Our immediate impression and judgement
about working abroad to earn more
is that it is a noble thing to do
especially when it is not just for themselves
but also for their families more importantly.
And that's extraordinary
and one that deserves all the praises.
If all they think about is money,
it's not just good,
it's even better than staying in their country.
But after a while things come up in our minds
that say it's not ideal at all.
The bad things about it clearly eclipse everything else.
Looking at it on the other side may let anyone say
that it is not just cowardly in itself,
as in not brave enough to face
the financial challenges in their homeland,
but is also being greedy for money
for not being satisfied with the little they have at home.
All they think about is money, money, money.
a little money doesn't go a long way
for a lot of people
especially those very ambitious ones.
They always hunger for more,
being unsatisfied with having little or enough at home.
And not to forget that the price for doing that is too high
and its being noble and extraordinary are compromised.
They will be away for a long time
for most of the job contracts last for years.
Communication may not be a problem there
with the advancement of technology
especially with the internet that brings families close
even when far away from each other
through calls, texts and even video calls.
But being physically away will always be
a difficult job to handle with families left back home.
It will never be a good thing for any parent
or parents away from families especially children
for nobody can take the place of parents
in bringing up children.
The ideal thing then is to get their families to live with them
in the countries they have gone if possible
to preserve the family whole and intact.
And that may take years to achieve.
And what is family compared to money?
Family will forever will be so much more important
and most don't realize it.
Maybe some know that money
can never equal a family's worth,
but because of the lure of money and
the thought that it can buy so much more for the family
remain ruling in their minds.
Everything else more important is being pushed aside
and the focus is on money, money, money.
After all, ever since our very birth up until we die,
the world has been telling us to live for the money,
to have a bright future and to live comfortably then.
It's as if our every endeavor, our every struggle
are for the pursuit of money.
It's as if nothing else in this world
matters more than money.
That our every dream is considered nothing
when no money is involved,
that when we dream big,
we mean we dream of becoming big time,
with a lot of money in the bank.
It's a little sad but true,
that because of the desire for more money
everything else around is overlooked,
ignored and even forgotten.
Going abroad to earn more
is not for people who are married and have children.
A lot of unthink-of things may happen
within a year or two of being away
so that option should never come to mind.
Children may go astray,
and there may be unfaithfulness going on in the process.
They should remember
that being married and having children
is a big responsibility to take good care of in all ways
and they should have known that right before marriage.
Working hard may not suffice to feed the family,
but working harder along with persistence and a lot of prayers will.
Taking care of the family involves careful family planning
coupled with doing the right decisions
that will never harm or do damage to the relationship
in even the littlest possible way.
Going abroad to earn more is for people who are single,
unattached to someone
and adventurous enough
to explore the other side of the world.
It's not ideal for someone
who has to leave wife, husband or kids behind.
You may come back home with more money
to a family that is already broken -
wife or husband is seeing someone else,
children going astray, etc.
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