7 Things I Learned from my Dad

Happy Father’s Day! My dad loves passing on his wisdom, though he probably wouldn’t call it wisdom, his kids all know that is exactly what it is. At big life moments or changes in our lives he sends us a letter often filled with advice, memories and his own pieces of wisdom he has collected. Here are 7 of my favorites that I carry with me. I hope some of them resonate with you too! 

  1. Be open minded,  but skeptical too.
    I am always intrigued with the new, but also try to keep my wits about me. You always want to be open to new things and new people, but don’t get taken advantage of either. 
  2. Get to know the people around you!
    People are fascinating. Your neighbors, the person at checkout, the woman who said your kids are cute. Talk to them, learn their stories and help bring some happiness into the lives of the people around you.
  3. Sing when you’re happy, sing when you’re not.
    Once when I was a kid, singing something to myself, my dad asked if I sang because I was happy or happy because I was singing? It’s an interesting thing to ponder and the bottom line is, always have a song in your heart.
  4. Keep up with new technology.
    Easier said than done sometimes, but don’t get left behind!

  5.  Read
    Read new books, read old books, read books over and over, read books your parents, friends, kids recommend.

  6. Stay fit.
    Being active and healthy is one of the best things you can do for yourself!
  7. Always set goals for yourself that challenge you and help you grow.
    Don’t stop learning and never give up! In the words of my dad, “when you hit a roadblock (and you will) learn from it and move on”!

 

So keep that song in your heart and keep on growing!

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