September 27, 2020
Good morning friends. It’s already the last Sunday of September 2020. It seems like the weeks and months are speeding by at an accelerated pace. What do you think? We are about to enter that last quarter of the year. I pray the final three months will be happier, healthier and more prosperous (for All humans and America too). I urge you to keep making time for yourself. Self-care is a fabulous way to maintain a balance of your physical, mental and spiritual health. Get outdoors, enjoy nature, life and the people around you. Enjoy experiences and have fun. Please don’t wait. Time is ticking away and nothing is guaranteed.
I realize it’s only the end of September, and don’t want to jump forward, but the holidays are right around the corner. Now is a great time to be grateful for all you have and say thank you. Show respect and kindness to others. A positive word does wonders for those not feeling their best. We often never realize the trauma or sadness others may be experiencing. Human connections are needed and encouraged. We all exist on this planet together. No one is better than the other. We are all equal in God’s eyes. There are a few who want you to believe otherwise. They spread fear, hate and descent. Please see past their lies and the deception. See the good in all and it will see good in you.
In honor of National Daughter Day (which was this past Friday, September 25th), I’m doing something different today with my typical weekly blog. I’m diverting a bit to pay tribute to my amazing daughter. September is also her birth month. Today I am dedicating my writing to her. She is my only child and a true source of love. I have nieces and nephews that are all fabulous. Unfortunately, I can’t render an insightful first hand opinion on sons. I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from all my interactions with these wonderful kids. My daughter has provided such insight and clarity into life. I know our children are an amazing gift. Raising our kids is a huge responsibility for all parents. We need to share our wisdom, insight, knowledge and be sure to fill them with all the best qualities and characteristics. They require the proper tools and support to mature into amazing adults. Support comes in several forms; including physical, monetary and emotional. I believe maintaining their emotional well-being is more important than anything else. Building a strong character, then reinforcing it with love and positive input is huge.
As parents, it is our duty to ensure our children grow and develop with the skills to function in this crazy world. That begins with us (parents) showing up every day, doing our best and being there for them. I fear many of the teens and young adults out in the streets during these crazy times may not have had solid family support or parental guidance. It is so important, that we as parents, provide the necessary character traits (honesty, integrity, respect) that help our children grow into adults. My parents taught me those traits, plus instilled the drive to work hard in order to achieve my goals and dreams. I passed all those lessons, and more, on to my daughter. I wanted her to grow up strong and unafraid of the challenges of life. Discipline, determination and integrity, coupled with happiness and love, make for stronger kids. As parents, we all want what’s best for them.
With my daughter’s birthday approaching, what better and more fitting time to share my thoughts and love. As a Dad, I wanted to send something special in her honor. I am extremely proud of her and all she has accomplished in life thus far. She is an exceptional and amazing young lady. I wrote this original poem for her (and daughters everywhere).
Daughters really are a gift from Above
God created them to give us unconditional Love
They fill our hearts with excitement and joy
Making each day brighter and more fun to enjoy
Daughters love to cuddle and squeeze and pinch you
And will make you play dolls whether or not you need too
She’s your little girl and lots more fun than life itself
You’ll never want to let go or you’ll be beside yourself
As babies they cry, eat, burp and sometimes vomit
But we love more when we cradle them and comment
When young girls they enjoy calling you Dad
And when they get a scrape you feel really sad
Teenage daughters are full of energy and guff
And sometimes as Dads we have to say “that’s enough!”
Our daughters grow older and go off to college
They say, “Don’t worry Dad, we’ll be a wealth of knowledge.”
They grow into women and impress you with new wisdom
You’re proud of them and wish you could kiss them
Next thing you know they are off to get married
You walk your baby down the aisle, happy but deflated
You know she’ll always Love you and call you her Dad
They hug you, kiss you and promise they’ll never make you sad.
Enjoy each moment you share together
It’s something you’ll cherish forever and ever.
My plan, God willing, is to be on this planet a long time to enjoy her company. I want to share many more special moments together with her, family and friends. It begins with me helping celebrate her today. I don’t know what the future holds for us, our nation or the world. I do hope and pray it is filled with peaceful celebrations of life. Life is a gift we often take for granted. It is a limited time opportunity given to each of us, that will end, often without warning. We all have so much to be grateful for, yet often times forget or fail to realize how important life can be. Let’s do our best to ensure we offer the best we have each and every day. Always take the time to maintain your own health and happiness. You are the only person responsible for you. When you are happy, the world is a better and brighter place.
We are all creatures of this earth, under Gods care. Show kindness and gratitude to all people, animals and things. I am extremely grateful for life, health, family and friends. I’m thankful to live in the “land of the free and home of the brave.” American is an amazing place. Please, let’s keep it that way. Share your love, joy and happiness for a brighter and vibrant future.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong: mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!