We’ve been discussing several techniques designed to help us craft our soul-prospering life. One of the tools is to observe people, not only for the cautionary tale that a life poorly led gives you, but also study the people you admire. Take note of the habits, disciplines, and thought patterns they have. Follow their lead!
Today would have been Dad’s 91st birthday and, even though he’s been gone for several years, he’s still leading the way. Here are ten of his character traits that I strive to emulate every day:
~He was always there to pick us and dust us off and never said: “I told you so” or “That was a dumb thing you did”;
~He was good at knowing when to offer a piece of advice and when to keep his mouth shut;
~He was always there for his family but yet he gave us plenty of elbow room to live our lives the way we chose;
~He never turned his back on a friend or loved one no matter how badly they behaved;
~He went to work every day and did his level best to provide a good life for his family;
~He fought against his inevitable decline and pushed himself to get up out of bed or off the couch and get out into the world;
~He was interested in the world around him and was an excellent example of a lifelong learner;
~He was kind to all people no matter their race, belief system, gender, their choice of partner, etc.;
~He took time to notice and be moved by the simple beauties of Mother Nature whether it was the delight in spying a cardinal on a tree branch in the dead of winter or if it was being deeply touched by a breathtaking landscape;
~He never passed by an ice cream store without stopping in, especially if he had kids in the car!
I hope this abridged list encourages you to step up your game, too!
Thanks, Dad. Happy Birthday!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,