Father to Father
Sunday, June 19, 2011
As I am about to set off to mow the lawn the thoughts on being a father continue to be foremost in my mind. It is easy to tout the party line on being there for your kids, teaching them well, and loving them no matter what. So what more is there to add?
I think more than ever the importance of leading by example, is a lesson unto itself for these mimeographs of retained behavior. I read somewhere we assimilate over 80-percent of our knowledge by visual cues when given the opportunity. So being the stalwart individual even when you think nobody is looking carries a deeper meaning if you really think about it.
This selection of behavioral traits transcends just around the house. Every aspect of your life must reflect your core values. Do you value instant gratification versus longer-term rewards? Do you value the benefits of earning by what you do or would you rather follow the herd with your palms out seeking alms? Each moment is different and each answer depends on the circumstances of these moments. Aristotle would disagree. Excellence is not a virtue, rather a habit of proper choices and thoughtful behaviors. Thinking beyond the moment may save many a future moments lost to rash behaviors.
So keep these thoughts in mind as you enjoy the moments of your father, living or dead, or spouse, and/or your children today. It is never too late to begin again. It is never wrong to challenge your own beliefs and your own behaviors.
Think it. Know it. Do it.
Be at Peace
(Happy Father’s Day)