Happy Father’s Day!
I’ve mentioned before, my relationship with my father hasn’t always been the best. Because of a lot of things we went through when I was younger, due to some of his actions, I didn’t respect him, as a father, as a man, as a person. So quite naturally, my lack of respect lead to me not listen to him at all. I’m grateful that my feelings have since changed and I have come to know my father to be a very wise man. We even share in a lot of similarities. Who knew? Here’s some of the wisdom my father has taught me.
- Don’t Compromise.
Know what you believe and stand on it. There will be times where people will try to silence your voice or convince you to compromise your beliefs, don’t let them. Never be afraid to stand alone if you have to.
- Always sit where you can see the door.
With everything that has been going on lately with hate crimes, terrorism, and random acts of foolishness, my father’s voice, ensuring that I’m always aware of my surrounds, is more prevalent than ever before. Whenever I’m out I’m always mindful of his advise, “Make sure you sit where you can see the door if anything happens.” He is always reminding me that I have to be aware of my surroundings at all times.
- Serve Others.
My father had a servant’s heart. He is always doing something for others. Stopping on the side of the road to give someone a boost. Checking on the elderly in his community. Providing financial assistance to someone in need. Opening his home to friends and family to fellowship over food. The list goes on. His justification for serving other is, “It doesn’t cost you anything to be nice to someone.”
- Extra Nugget: “If a guy likes you, you will know. You will never have to wonder how he feels. He will let it be known.”
A lot of who I am today is because of the strong man my father is. I love you dad, and Happy Father’s Day!
What about you, what is some wisdom from your father you hold on to?
Lots of Love,