It’s Father’s Day and as usual, I’m terrible about these events. I was traveling this week and although there’s a card in my office, I didn’t time it right – which is why it’s still sitting in my office. Clearly put, gifting is not my love language. In fact, when I took the Chapman survey, it’s my lowest value. But put differently, when I think about lessons as gifts, I suddenly become much more appreciative and find that I’m very willing to pass them along.
In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a look at ten things I learned from my dad:
1. God gives us a week. Give him back an hour on Sunday or whatever your designated day of worship.
2. Nothing unwinds the mind like the gentle roll of water over a favorite fishing hole. I don’t fish but my dad does and I grew up fishing. My husband and at least one of my kids enjoy it too. It’s worth a habit.
3. Stay active. Walk. Move. Do it everyday.
4. See the world. It seems that in the past 12 months my parents have gone from Panama to China to Israel. I may not have the timing right but they have built a wonderful cadre of memories.
5. The language of sports is a great equalizer. I didn’t understand this until I had kids since I’m not much of an athlete. Now regardless of where I travel with my oldest son, he knows other kids from soccer or lacrosse or baseball. And while he’s different from some of the other kids, he holds an appreciation for their RBI record, mean curve ball or amazing goalie skills.
6. Hot chiles kill germs and light up the flavor of most dishes. Yeah.
7. Work hard. I realize this isn’t nearly as sexy as the “4 hour work week” or the “working smarter” mantras. But, this is the one that I’ve figured out.
8. Remember your roots. We’re from farming stock; hard-working, dry-land farmers who put in long days in order to put food on American tables. Our family doesn’t farm any longer but we certainly have an appreciation for it.
9. Education is something that no one can take away from you. I was always encouraged to get as much education as I could and I work to pass this value along to my kids.
10. Don’t spend more than you have. Said another way, live within your means. We do and we always have and while it means that we don’t have some of the toys that others do, we’ve been able to weather the current storm pretty well.
There are more I’ve learned and there’ll be more lessons to come and I’m grateful for both. Thanks Dad!