The choices you have made are not so important as the choices to be made.
Think on eternal things.
Don’t casually regard love shown in patience, kindness and sacrifice.
Leave things better than you found them.
Value criticism–whether it’s fair or unfair is often just a matter of volume.
Trying times are cleansing times.
Be quick to apologize and quick to forgive.
Generosity and pettiness each come back, multiplied.
I’m a husband, father, son, brother and friend to different people. I practice law in Atlanta. At 51 I can say, each year since graduation has been more fulfilling than the last, and I am learning more exciting things now than I have ever learned before.
Now of course I have to say a few things about Dad 🙂 Honestly, when I thought about this series, I knew I had to have my Dad write one because I wanted to hear what he had to say.
I’ve always been close to my dad but I can’t explain how much I have enjoyed getting to know him in a totally different capacity now that I’m older. My family are my friends, they challenge me, make me laugh and are my biggest supporters no matter what. They expect a lot out of me but back me up in whatever I choose to do. Dad has always told me to do what I love and has watching me change from a biology major, to a journalism major and now head to law school. You can read about his surprise here. No matter what though, Dad is always the first call. Having a father who supports me like that has shaped me more than I realize. I am finally getting that my parents DO know a heck of a lot more than I do so I better listen up! I know, I know, but it’s better to learn that lesson late than not at all right.
The advice he gives above, he’s lived. It’s short but it packs a punch. I need to learn how to better edit myself like Dad…you should’ve seen my high school papers he’d edit. He’s the one who cured my fear of the red pen 🙂 I watch him and see what a great man should be, a great husband should be and a great father should be. Dad has always been a man of few words but it’s the example that he sets that tells the most. I am so thankful for my Dad and that I can share him with you through this series.
About this series: This is one of a series of guest posts in May that will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.