To My Kids on Father’s Day

I know this doesn’t have anything to do with business or cleaning, but I decided I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned; a few things I believe, with my kids for Father’s Day.  Hey, it IS my blog, right?

Don’t be afraid to admit when you are wrong and apologize, if necessary.  Life is not a game.  There are no winners or losers in the end.  Admitting your mistakes does not make you weak; it makes you human and proves that you are humble. 

If you are going to do something, do it all the way.  If you want to be an artist, or a panhandler, or a rocket scientist, be the best one you can be.  Don’t quit.  Don’t give up because it’s too hard.  There is nothing worse than looking back in life and saying to yourself, “I wish I would have…” 

Watch what you say to other people.  Words can cut just as deeply and hurt just as much as a physical wound.  More, maybe, because a physical wound will heal.  Words spoken out of anger or spite will linger for much longer.  A person may forgive you for what you said, but they will never forget what you said.  It’s much easier to say what you mean to say. 

Always try to stay on the right path.  In your heart, you know what the right path is.  Everybody strays from this path and it is a lifelong effort to stay on it.  Take it from me; it’s easier to get back on that path if you try to do it sooner rather than later.  It’s fun, sometimes, to stray off of the path.  It may even be adventurous.  But the farther from the path you stray, the harder it is to find it again.  

Don’t be afraid to be who you are.  If you are a clown, be a clown.  If you are a drama queen (king) be a good one.  Just be aware that there are those who will disapprove of who you are and they have every right to not like you for it.  Be who you are, but don’t knock others just because they don’t agree with you.

Every single day of your life you will have dozens or hundreds of choices to make.  It may be as simple as cereal or toast for breakfast or it may be more complex.  How you decide will determine the person that you are.  If you wake up every single morning and decide to be angry at the world, you will go through life and be defined by others as an angry person.  Choose wisely.  Your life is the sum total of many choices.

There are rules in life.  LOTS of rules.  You may not like them.  You may not agree with them.  And just as I mentioned above, you have the choice to obey them or not obey them.  Be aware, if you break a rule, there will always be consequences.  If you are not prepared to deal with the consequences of your actions, you probably should think long and hard about how you choose.  You can’t do 80 mph in a 35 mph speed limit and then get mad at the cop who arrests you.  It was your choice.  You chose to step on the accelerator.  Pull on your big kid pants and deal with it.

As parents, your Mom and I have one job in life.  That is to prepare you for being an adult.  My Father tried to teach me these lessons.  Most of them I have learned the hard way.  That’s usually the most effective way to learn a lesson.  Oftentimes it is the most painful.  Hopefully, if you take this advice, you won’t have to learn these lessons the hard way.

I love you Grace, Richard and Justin.  Thanks for being my kids!

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