My father was that parent who was always passing out words of wisdom. He would weave little PSA type lectures into our everyday conversations that would rival any after school special. Truthfully my dad was the most honest person I know. He had integrity running out of his ears, and I’d like to think he passed that down to me. Here are just a few of the things he taught me that I plan on passing down to my children. In no particular order.
1) Don’t ever lie. Either it will catch up to you in the end or worse…people won’t believe you when it counts.
2) Whatever you are doing give it your best effort for you never know who is watching or where it may lead.
3) Technical knowledge and industriousness far outweigh a lack of natural talent.
4) Proper planning prevents piss poor performance.
5) God first, family second, and your country third.
6) Vote & pay attention. Civil liberties are never taken away in a drastic all-at-once manner. Instead, they are whittled away a little bit at a time, and there is always a ” good reason”. After all Nazi Germany didn’t happen over night.
7) You can never truly get away with something. You can hide it from your parents or your spouse, but God is always watching. Furthermore, every wrong decision has a consequence be it right then or down the road…there’s a consequence.
8) Be careful of the company you keep. People who are doing bad things don’t like doing them alone. They will always pressure you into doing what they’re doing. They will continue until you give in because deep down they know they’re wrong, and people doing right make them feel bad.
9) No one ever says I want to be a teen mom, alcoholic or IV drug user when they grow up. Conversely adults who are single mothers, alcoholics, or drug addicts never expected it to happen to them the first time thy had unprotected sex, drank, or tried a drug.
10) Children get a little more independent, and out of your control each day. You can put them on the right path, and give them the tools to keep them there, but you cannot make them stay.
I miss you dad.