Wisdom through Humor

If laughter is the best medicine, laughter can also teach us something.
If laughter is the best medicine, laughter can also teach us something.

Social networking has been the trend nowadays. From children to teens and from young adults to senior adults, Facebook and Twitter are both in the top list of websites that generated millions of members. You can meet old and new friends through these sites. However, the true essence of getting involved socially might be neglected by many of us. So here’s a short fiction story, which hopefully might bring you a smile.

WHICH TEMPTATION

One night, the husband was busy typing in his computer. His wife peeked at their bedroom door and called, “Honey, its bedtime!”

“Few more minutes, babe!” he answered.

After two hours, his wife stood outside their door wearing a seductive lingerie and said in her soft voice, “Honey, let’s go to bed.”

“Wooo!” he exclaimed as his eyes opened wide. But he kept glancing back and forth to his computer and wife. Facebook or wife? Wife or Facebook? Well, got to settle for something good, he thought.

Then he turned back to his computer and exclaimed, “Few more minutes, babe!”

********** THE END **********


MORAL LESSON:

This short humorous story illustrates the essence of balancing one’s life in making the right decision. You may face a dilemma of being frazzled at work; or you may be stressed out even in the comfort of your own home. There are times you may face certain situation that you need to choose between two or more important things in your life. It may be your family versus career, peers versus responsibilities, principles versus vices, boss versus co-worker, personal endeavor versus demands in the society, or even between right versus wrong.

For instance, you handle a large sum of money in your company and you have problems with your finances because you need to bring your child to the hospital, which is a life and death situation. Would you be tempted to spend something you don’t own and pay it later? Well maybe you’ll answer yes or maybe you’ll say no, but many have already been tempted to utilize resources thinking it’ll be for a good reason. Your decision to spend your employer’s money to save your child will lead you to steal it. However, such action is a form of stealing and it is not the right thing to do. There are other alternative solutions to take – apply for a loan, borrow money from family members or friends, seek help from your local church or non-profit organization, or request for hospital financial assistance.

Online networking is good if you know your limits. The technology is there for people to use it to produce results; and not technology using people to do foolish things. You have the option to choose between “cyber productivity” versus “cyber meltdown.” It may seem quite complicated, but you do have a choice.

You need to balance your life in all aspects – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, socially, and physically. Your beliefs and values will influence your decisions. Most of all, to whom or where you seek guidance will also matter. Your decision will have a great impact to your actions, and your actions will determine the kind of life you will have. The way you live will ascertain your success or failure in your future.

QUOTE TO PONDER: A person’s principle in life is an important factor in making decisions.

REFLECTION:

Luke 12: 34 - “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

(New American Standard Version, Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee)

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

That story is funny-and probably very true. I personally do not use the social networking sites. I live very simply and just don't need it. I will once I am promoting a book or other item. I was on FB and enjoyed it but prefer to spend that time on writing. So I closed my account and have not even missed it. On reflection (thank you for that)I am happy that my heart and I are in the same place.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Your short story did bring a smile on my face! It is one of the many things we need to decide on a normal day and the cyber world hasn't made it easier:) I try to avoid the cyber meltdown but some nights I get close! This is an interesting topic and we need to think about it since it is so easy to just go on. There is always something more to do on the Internet and we can never be "finished" when we are being social on the net.

A great and thought provoking hub!

Tina


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TINA V 5 years ago Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

Thank you for sharing your experience. I also have a Facebook account, but I seldom open it. I use it to communicate with friends who are living in another state / country. Social networking is good if people know how to set their limits. Most of all, this hub is a reminder to all readers to be watchful and be on guard when making their life’s choices and decisions.

Have a great week!


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TINA V 5 years ago Author

Hi Tina (thoughtforce),

You’re not the only one who has the difficulty of facing the present cyber demands. With the advancement of technology, it is really complicated to avoid it. However, this is just one situation we face to test our decision-making skills and values in life.

I’m glad you like the short fiction story. Thank you for checking out this hub. Have a great week!


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

Nice hub Tina V and excellent points. Attaining balance is very important, especially as we can't avoid technology. It has just become so intertwined with our daily lives that it cannot be ignored. However, as you said, we could impose limits and this is the key to avoiding cyber meltdown.


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hafeezrm 5 years ago from Pakistan

To to blunt, a wife is like a bird in hand. The husband was trying to get something over and above it. LOL.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

TINA V, What a GREAT thought provoking HUB! Wonderful story!

I actually use my fb page to spread The Gospel...

"You need to balance your life in all aspects – spiritually, emotionally, mentally, socially, and physically. Your beliefs and values will influence your decisions. Most of all, to whom or where you seek guidance will also matter!" Amen!

Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Saintatlarge 5 years ago from Canada

Enjoyed the story... I'm happy to say, "that wouldn't be me". I have just read an article about how social networks, texting, and the like are causing us to become disassociated, and even emotionally detached simply because we are not speaking either one on one or even by phone as much any more. This seems to be bringing a new and different climate to how we interact with one another by allowing our emotions to become 1 dimensional and in extreme cases non existent. There seems to be a huge psychological effect rising within this generation and those of us from a different generation could easily be swallowed up by these demands, unless we learn to curb our appetite and pay attention to what is transpiring right under our noses. It happened firstly with e-mail. It was easier to e-mail, "Your Fired"; then to face the person. Then it was texting like; "I'm breaking up with you". Total detachment from any emotion. With the onslaught of cyber bullying, I think you will agree. You said it, "this is just one situation we face to test our decision making skills and values in life". With morality on a sharp decline, values follow right behind it. We each individually have to answer for our own conduct, and it is not up to the medium any longer. TV has shown us that anything goes. How we participate and to what extent will be our decision. Blessings, St.L


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TINA V 4 years ago Author

Hi moiragallaga, I agree with you – attaining balance in our life is very important. I believe that the advancement in our technology is not bad. Perhaps, it is the manner that we make use of the technology that matters most.

Hi hafeezm, I guess you’ve said it bluntly – not all marriages work. But I hope our readers will learn something from this funny fiction story.

Hi Deborrah, I really admire your dedication to God’s ministry. I am sure that your facebook friends will really learn from what you’re sharing with them. I am also motivated with your hubs in this site. May God continue to give you wisdom to share His teachings with everyone.

Hi Saintatlarge, you’ve shared a very important matter that each one of us must consider in our life. Thank you for emphasizing it.

I really appreciate all your comments. Thank you and have a great week to all!


Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

Fascinating hub. I liked the story of the man and his computer. Very current and true for many people.


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TINA V 4 years ago Author

Thanks Phoebe. I'm glad you like it.

Advance happy thanksgiving!


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

Balance is definitely the key. Voting up and pressing those buttons too!


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abhijeet4800 4 years ago from Pune, India

Hi very nicely written article.. I am dying to see some article of yours on Sexual Harassment at workplace. I would like to have your views on that.


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TINA V 4 years ago Author

acaetnna, thank you for sharing your additional insights and for voting up. I really appreciate it. Enjoy your week!


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TINA V 4 years ago Author

abhijeet4800, thank you for your feedback. It is so timely because I am studying HR Management for updates and additional training. I will try to write an article about Sexual Harassment at a workplace. Enjoy your week!

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