Sunday Thoughts (lessons from Dad)

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.

Things like…

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.

God Bless,

Jeff Reagan

Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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10 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts (lessons from Dad)

  1. I agree with your “Sunday Thoughts” message today. Especially the parts about “letting go of wrongs” as you said, and “complaining gets you nowhere.” These 2 things, I think, help you live longer. They do clear up your insides snd get you back on the path you were on before either of these happened. I’m 74, in pretty good health, still work, have 2 jobs and work 60-65 hours each week. Had I been bitter sbout these issues over my long life…it might not have been this long.

    On another topic, I buy both your Patriot Greens and Reds products. I have purchased the double-sized containers several times. My concern is that they never last 2 months. In the single containers, it was never an issue. But the double-sized have been shirt by 5-10 days. I’m not saying I have been cheated on purpose, but I think you should look at this fact with your supplier, to see that it is fixed. It doesn’t match up with the quality and fairness traits that you and your company prohect in sll you do. (And yes, I’m a long-term OCD guy who watches too much of everything that I’m doing, including the dating of the top of each container with the start date! Of any product I use. Silly habit!)

    Thank you for listening…or to be my OCD self…thank you for reading.

  2. THANK YOU JEFF!! Been a subscriber for a long time… Just had a heart attack last Saturday.. 99%
    Blockage in my RCA.. I was literally minutes from death..Your article this morning was spot on… and our daddies sound just like two peas in a pod. His Godly influence over my life made me the man I am today. LOVED THIS MORNINGS ARTICLE!
    God bless,

  3. Jeff I got some good reminders of my elders lessons, and they are so relevant always.
    There’s so much hate in our country these days it is tearing at our moral fiber. Seems grudges and one up is king.
    God reminds us Love is stronger, the commandments tell us in many the importance of love. God Bless you and my fellow patriots and this United States 🇺🇸 of America. We are in desperate need of prayer , for those who govern , family, America and Americans.

  4. I am going to have to write you a letter. I never have gotten through on the phone.
    I have been on the greens since April 1015, now on the reds too. I have been working
    out since 1959, still do all the time. My best id 2 sets of 50 pull ups: Mon, Wed, Fri.
    I have worked on college campuses since 1966, 11 of them
    Father Thomas Ciaran Fergus, O.P.
    Kieran English
    O.P.: of the Order of Preachers.

  5. You’re a lucky man to have had a father such as yours we are all not that lucky some of us have fathers who are distracted by demons such as obsessive gambling that’s my story a our family suffered Financial stress all of my young life now I have guilt of just buying a lottery ticket I worked all of my life for my money custom woodworker my father was a custom clothing manufacturer on 7th Avenue in Manhattan never made any big money but managed to pretty much piss away all before he brought it home!. I started helping the household the age of 15 til the day I moved out 28 anyway have a nice day. Michael

  6. Mr. Reagan: Just want you to know that I enjoyed your article: Sunday Thoughts (Lessons Learned From My Dad). Take Care.

  7. Jeff – – Just a loud Amen !!! Thanks, once again, for sharing your Sunday Thoughts on a sweltering hot day.

    Colin Costello

  8. Jeff, my Dad turns 90 this year and he still teaches me things.

    In his mind it was always ludicrous to do something haphazardly only to have to revisit and do it right the second time around. He always told me, “Do whatever you’re going to do but do it right the first time.” So many people crave instant gratification and are so impatient they’re unwilling to put the time and effort into the planning and second checks that ensure things go smoothly the first time around.

    When it came to forgiveness (a lesson that took longer than it should have to sink in), he was not only willing to forgive somebody who’d done him wrong but he also taught me that it was necessary to learn how to forgive yourself as well. Since we’re only human, we’re going to mess up (some more often than others) and in many cases, lack of forgiveness was what has held many in a state of anger or fear. And he was quick to tell me that if I did foregive myself for what I’d done (or in some cases, not done) that it didn’t excuse me from taking responsibility for those actions or inactions. I think a lot of people are so angry nowadays because they never got that valuable lesson or haven’t understood the implications of not being able to forgive.

    I think one of the reasons people complain so much about almost anything is because they don’t want others to think that everything is better for them than others. It took awhile but I learned that complaining is nothing more than trying to assign excuses for my own actions, procrastination or consternation at the way things happen to be at the moment. Complaining is nothing more than a waste of breath and adds to the anxiety we’re feeling. And, it doesn’t change a thing!

    My Dad taught me as early as when I was a Cub Scout that the best way to be close to whatever entity you pray to or believe in was to walk in nature. Take time to breathe, think and listen. The answers would eventually come.

    He also taught me that being alone, by yourself, was not necessarily being lonely. I firmly believe that a lot of people are so afraid to be alone that they force themselves into questionable relationships and situations in order to evade the feeling of loneliness. My Dad always said that money and things won’t make you happy. He taught me that you need to be happy in your head and heart before anything else will make you happy.

  9. Thank You Jeff,

    This edition of Sunday thoughts was extra special since it made me think you were talking about my father.

    Be Well, Be Happy, Be Blessed!


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