My Dad My Hero
Yesterday is History, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, use it wisely….
This originally was written on my father’s birthday in 2007 and I am grateful to be able to say Happy Birthday Dad, I thank God every day you are with us. Happy 85th birthday you continue to amaze me, I love you with all my heart!
This is one of my favorites as it relates to everyone whatever stage or place you are in life.
Today is dedicated to my father as he is celebrating his eighty second birthday!
Take a little time and reflect on the past month, do you obsess about what negative things have been happening in your life? Do you constantly worry about what might happen tomorrow? How about just for today, try just for today! Decide what things you would like to accomplish today. Write them down and check them off as you complete them. At the end of the day celebrate the job well done and reflect on the successful day. Take time to smile, enjoy something you love and savor the moment. Look back and know that it is a day well lived.
It seems when I was young time went very slow, remembering as a small child the day never would end, as a youth school would last forever, as a younger adult pregnancy will last Indefinitely! Now I am amazed at how fast the time speeds by, my children are amazing young adults, I have ads for AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and my parents are in the fall season of their lives.
I had a wonderful talk with my mother the other day when my father was back in the hospital. I was upset as he has been there more and more lately. She reminded me of the words at the top with today being a gift, we need to enjoy the time we have left. It was not so easy at first but smiling I knew what she meant. My father never owned a company, held office, or made a lot of money. What he did was more important! He has raised eight children of his own, taken in countless of others throughout the years. He has always gone out of his way to help others without complaining. He was a liberator under General Patton in World War Two. He has been married to my mother for 60 + years and he is my hero. He has always stood up for me, even times when I was wrong and he probably shouldn’t have. He loved me when I couldn’t love myself. He has taught me love and compassion and forgiveness and for that I am grateful for everyday I have with him. I encourage everyone today to tell those you love in your life that you love them. Make a few phone calls leave a couple of voice mails and you will make someone’s day!
This quote says it all! I am proud of you Dad!
HOW DO YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others:
To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child,
a redeemed social condition, or a job well done;
To know that even one other life has breathed because you lived.
– This is to have succeeded.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson