All of us want to achieve high points in our life. We want to be the top student in the classroom. To buy the most expensive clothes in the market. We want to have the best shoes, we want to drive the most expensive car. We want to marry the most attractive and the most beautiful girl in the city. Our children should be the most beautiful and the best children in the school. We want to have the best job. If we start a business, we want to succeed in very short time. We want to become very famous and a model of success among others.
But Teacher Rafael did not think like many of us. He wanted to have a very ordinary life. He studied hard to understand his subject so that he could teach his students better. But he was not too ambitious. He did not do his job for money. In fact he started working as a teacher in a small school. His friends after finishing their work in the morning, started to do business. Some of them furthered their study. They usually ate lunch in a hurry and in the night they were so tired and they neither have time for the family nor for the prayers.
But when teacher Rafael finished his classes, he took his tea at home. He relaxed for a while and in the evenings, he usually went for a walk. He read the news, listened to the music, he visited his close friends. And if anybody needed help, he helped them happily.
He was not thinking to increase his income and he tried to enjoy his life what ever it was.
He rented small apartment, he bought some basic equipments for his small kitchen and he rode motorcycle to work. In this stage his parents asked him to marry. In this occasion Teacher Rafael behaved so simply. While all his friends were looking for the most beautiful, the richest and the most famous girls, teacher Rafael married a simple ordinary girl. They moved to their small apartment and started to live together happily. In a few years they had few children. Very ordinary children. He enrolled his kids in good school but not the most expensive. His kids learned their best but did not stress out. They enjoyed from their moderate lifestyle. When they came home from school, they usually ate together with their parents, they relaxed, they prayed together and studied for a while. They played in the evenings and they went out with their parents once in a while.
His story did not finish here. Teacher Rafael’s life changed gradually. He was promoted as the principal. His friends who were so ambitious changed their job a lot. They could not get the trust from their boss and even they did not perform in their job because they did so many things and could not focus.
Teacher’s Rafael wife became less busy when their children grew up. She took a job as a kindergarten teacher. She helped with their household expenses. They managed to do some savings. They bought a house and started to keep some money to perform Hajj. They also put aside some money for their children’s education. Their children received good education from their home and they also went to good schools and universities.
Teacher Rafael was promoted higher. The job as the school director needs years of working experience and none other than him who was qualified for that position. He worked for many years and behaved nicely with the people around him. When he retired, he became the influential person among the people. They listened to his advice and called him for talks. His children were also successful in their living and grew their good simple families like their father. They helped him when he needed them.
When he retired, Teacher Rafael spent his free time travelling to the historical places with his wife. Out of his simple living, he did not have any debt. He had paid all his car and house loan.Teacher Rafael becomes the example to many who want to live good life. Instead of being too ambitious to being the richest, the highest, the famous, there are better ways to enjoy living. Nothing but moderate living…