Thankful for Lessons from Dad
As we get older, Father’s Day becomes such an important day as we all remember our fathers in so many ways. Most fathers have had a huge influence on us, but we sometimes forget the messages he provided. As kids, we always counted on our dads to be there whenever we needed them. As we get older and start having families of our own, our dads get put on the "back burner". We don’t reach out to them for as much advice as we did growing up. As decades go on, we start to physically lose them. At this point, we think of all the times we did not reach out to them for some reason or another. On the average, statistics show that we live 280 miles from our parents, so it is hard to visit them on a regular basis.
Now when Father’s Day comes around, our memories may make us start to wonder why we didn’t make a better effort to visit our dads’ and wish we could get those precious years back. Maybe dad isn’t physically around any longer however; he is and will always be, there for us. Our fathers had knowledge that we learned from and lessons that we all possess. Fathers’ are the backbone of all of us. He might have given us some difficult lessons, but deep down there was always a message he was passing on to us.
My father was pretty tough on my brothers, my sisters and myself. We grew up on a farm in Iowa and always had chores before and after school. My father had one of the best work ethics I have ever seen and he set a great example for anyone who came in contact with him. However, it was up to the individual to learn from it or dismiss it. Looking back, I am very grateful for having a great father in my life and the way he paved the road for me in the right direction. I also remember all the negative influence that was introduced to me while going down my path. Because of my father’s wisdom, when I did stray off my path or take a detour, I managed to get back on the right path without a lot of consequences. We all have negative things that happen in our lives, but without some of the tough lessons we learned, we wouldn’t be able to get up and get back on our path. Our fathers’ are people we don’t give enough credit to. They are the ones that gave us the backbone to rise up when we are down and get back on our path of life.
Here are a few lessons I learned as a kid: "Your word is all you have". “If you say you are going to do something, do it”. My father also always found a way to make things happen. “If there is a will there is a way”. There were times that life wasn’t fair, however my father would rise up and succeed. “In life you will be challenged and knocked down. If you stay down you will fail, but if you get up and fight you will succeed”.
Happy Father’s Day Dad - wish you were still here.