A Few Thoughts on Being a Dad
Being a Dad means you take on an obligation, an obligation that goes far beyond the financial, far beyond the spiritual, and far beyond the emotional.
Fathering a child is meaningless unless it is followed by action.
Being a Dad demands your presence, your engagement, and your active participation in the lives of your children.
If you fail in this regard, two things are certain:
- Your children may forgive, but they will never forget your absence.
- You will miss out on the pure joy that unconditional love brings.
If you fail in this regard, you will have missed an opportunity to experience what it means to be truly and unconditionally loved.
To receive love, you must first be willing to give love.
More than simply giving lip service to love, you must be willing to give everything in the name of love.
Fathering a child is fairly easy. Forgive me but any idiot can father a child.
That said, being a Dad demands your time, your patience, and your support!
Being a Dad will test your mettle, your integrity, and your worth as a human being.
Being a Dad is a calling, and there is nothing like it on Earth.
Do you measure up?
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Postscript: I have had the privilege of working with some pretty amazing students over the years. Without exception, there is at least one equally amazing parent involved in almost every aspect the student’s life. These parents are not meddling; they are supportive, nurturing, loving. In the best of all worlds, the student is supported (in every sense) by his or her parents. The Dads I have met along the way have been willing to do just about anything to help their children succeed. These Men are very special. I am and will remain eternally grateful to them for their support…and for their example. And yes, Moms are so very special. Moms are amazing. I will get to Moms next.