Last Friday evening, my wife and I were on a flight back from a week-long vacation in Boston, when I noticed the shape of a large man walking down the aisle. As I looked up from my book, I was surprised, and captivated, by the scene I saw.
Securely cradled in this man’s arms was a 1-year-old baby boy (I talked to the man later, and he told me the boy’s age) who was sound asleep. This dad was walking up and down the aisle of the airplane gently bouncing and rocking his sleeping son, in an effort to keep him soothed and comfortably asleep. From the baby’s contentedly limp posture, I’d say this dad was doing an excellent job!
After watching this scene for several minutes, I nudged my wife and pointed out the scene to her. After she saw it, I leaned over and said, “That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all week.”
I’m always impressed by dads that are engaged in the lives of their young children. We all hear stories of dead-beat dads or absentee fathers, so I’m especially awestruck when I see a dad who is shattering these aforementioned sub-par pictures of fatherhood.
Here’s to all you dads out there who are actively and positively engaged in raising your kids. Your children are blessed call you dad.
My wife and I just got back from a week-long trip to Boston. We went with some friends to explore the town and learn more about ta place none of us had ever spent much time, but that all of us were eager to visit.
What always strikes me when we go on a trip or adventure is how it would never have occurred without some prior planning and forethought. Think about it, you can have an adventure in mind, but without taking the steps to cause it to happen, it will remain an unfulfilled dream. Our action is what transforms a dream into reality.
How cool that in order for much of our dreams to be realized, we simply need to put forth the effort required to bring them about. The other side of that coin is that it is sad that we are often the ones standing in the way of our dreams, simply because we fail to take action.
What adventure are you dreaming of? Take steps today to begin causing the dreams you have to happen. Your future self will thank you for the memories
Have you ever heard anyone say, “I don’t trust anyone!”? Have you ever said that yourself? That comment makes me laugh, because each one of us puts our trust into others more than we realize.
For example, we trust that:
Cooks and staff at the restaurants we eat in are observing the proper health and safety procedures related to food storage, handling, and preparation
Letter carriers will deliver a correspondence you drop in the mail in an accurate and timely fashion
Gas pumps actually pump the type and grade of gasoline listed on the pump, versus diesel, water, or some liquid other that what the pump says.
Other drivers will stop when a traffic light is red, go when it’s green, and drive the proper direction in traffic, rather than just going whichever direction in whichever lane they feel like.
In all these examples, and hundreds of other daily scenarios, we are counting on others to be trustworthy. This thought reminds me that others are expecting us to be trustworthy as well. Let’s live in a way that the trust others have in us is well-placed.
On June 11th, I wrote a post titled, “Simply Reconnecting”. At the end of the post, I mentioned that I was going to reconnect with my friend Dave. Well, a couple of days ago, we got together for a visit. We met at 3:30 in the afternoon and we didn’t say “good bye”, until just before 10:00 PM. The time flew by.
I hadn’t seen Dave for 6 years, but as soon as we sat down, we picked up right where we left off. It was so much fun to reconnect and catch up on what we’ve each been up to. At one point, Dave was talking about how much he enjoys observing someone who is excellent at what they do, regardless of their occupation. At that point, I thought to myself, “That’s why I like Dave. He’s my kind of person”.
If you have a friend you’ve been meaning to get in touch with, I’d recommend you do that immediately. While there’s nothing to be gained by waiting, there is tremendous blessing in connecting today.