Today on Father’s Day, I was thinking how blessed I was to have the most wonderful father! He taught me so much and lived his life to the fullest. A day does not go by since he left this earth on Sept 5, 2001 that I don’t think of him and often with a tear and always with a smile. Every day he used to say to me “Honey, give everyone you meet a smile and a handshake.” Respect is key. After he passed, my dear Mom who has since joined him in heaven and I came across this list of life lessons that he had written down.
*Listen with your inner ear. Hear what is said with the heart, rather than what is said with words.
*Listen to the concerns of others
* Know when it is important to just listen
* Communication is hard work
* Hone your skills
* State your thoughts clearly and briefly
* Remember to smile, not scowl
* Above all, be reasonable and understanding
* Be interesting and interested
* Be friendly and enthusiastic
* Have a sense of humor
* Be human
* Laugh and grin
If you had known him, you would recognize that he lived these lines every day.
If you are lucky enough to still have your father on earth, make sure you let him know how important he is and give him a big hug. If not, look up at heaven and give him a virtual hug.I do everyday.