Several years ago, on November 28, 2005, my father died.
His name was John, and for most of my life he was a busy executive who didn’t have much time for his children. When I think of my childhood I think mostly of my mother, who held the family together and provided an environment of love and support. My father was a towering figure who came and went as dictated by his work and recreation schedules.
However, as he aged, my father became more aware of the people in his life. His daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. When great grandchildren began to arrive, he became a different person, and went out of his way to get to know them. He made an effort to spend time with all the people he loved, and gave us the gift of himself. Along the way he learned what it was to be loved in return and to be part of a family. He also gave us the opportunity to discover what an incredible man he was.
My father would be surprised to realize that he taught me much about life, simply by the way he lived the last few years of his. He always found the fun and good in everything, never whined or complained, never gossiped or was negative about others, was generous with his possessions, was morally and financially responsible, and made sure he hugged and expressed his love and appreciation at every opportunity. He was a terrific role model, just by being himself.
So, today I’m reflecting on relationships, and how we inadvertently impact each other. Just by living our daily lives, even the simplest conversation or action may make a lasting impression on someone else. I’m trying to be conscious of this in everything I do, so that I communicate thoughtfulness and caring to others. Just as my Daddy, late in his life, taught me to do.
What about you?
Sandra Abell is a best selling author, speaker, Licensed Counselor, and life and business coach. She is the author of the best selling book Feeling Good About You and Moving Up To Management for New Supervisors (available on Amazon.com) and is the creator of the amazing Feeling Good About You Breakthrough program. You can visit Sandy on her website at www.insidejobscoach.com
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