Father’s Day has come and gone, of course. But I never put much stock in those “Hallmark Holidays,” if I’m being honest.
Fathers, mothers, grandparents… you shouldn’t need a designated day to celebrate what they mean (or meant) to your life.
The lessons they taught you. Or how they helped you grow, just by showing you the way.
When I look out at my life, many of the things I believe or the ways I act I can trace back to my father. Perhaps you feel the same…
And as I sit here on a Sunday, I thought it might be good to share a few of them with you. Because I find they’re just as valuable now as when I was just a tot.
My father was the first man I ever looked up to, and I treasure what he taught me about being not just a man, but a good man.
Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
It’s not just about being a hard worker. And Lord knows, he was. But it wasn’t about just competing tasks, or clearing out the “to do” list. It’s about having pride in your work. Even if the only one evaluating it is you.
Or that forgiveness is a gift we can give (often to ourselves).
Sure, bad things happened to my father over the years. But he almost always forgave those who did him wrong. He was not one to hold a grudge. Hate and anger can wither you from the inside. Now, I’m not saying be a pushover. But letting stuff go is really freeing, especially when those who do you wrong often stop thinking about it long before you do.
And complaining typically gets you nowhere. Whether it’s a messed up order or a restaurant or an unusually long day, he typically was of a mind to vent, then get over it. If you remember all you have to be grateful for, even in times of trouble, the things you might complain about seem awfully small by comparison.
Most of all, he taught me to celebrate. Enjoy the victories. The accomplishments. The day-to-day joys that make life worth living. Not just birthdays or graduations, but the daily memories that color our lives and make us human.
You have to celebrate life. Because before you know it, it’ll pass you by if you don’t.
What will you celebrate today? What do you have to be grateful for? Take a minute to think about these things.
And be grateful for the lessons you’ve learned along the way, no matter where they came from.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance