Day 64 of 366…. How is it so far? How is the new month? Still remember the words, “2020 is my year,” how far are you with your new year manenos? I hope you are progressing…positively.
So, today is my ol man’s birthday!
My father and I have this relationship that even I can’t explain. At times I take myself out of being his daughter and look in as an outsider, or even as my mother, and all I know is that our bond is unique. We are very similar, not just in our resemblance, but our thinking, actions and even words. But at the same time, we are very different. All the same, he remains to be my biggest support system, my number one fan, my biggest critic, my source of inspiration, and of course… my sponsor ?
As I celebrate him, I just thought to myself, “As he turns a year older today, (and I couldn’t be more grateful to God for allowing me to have him with me) what have I picked from him that I will pass on to my babies in the future?
These may be helpful for you too!
In it all, it boils down to these:
Life is short. Live it to the fullest… now
“Whatever you want to do, do it now because life is short.”
So many times we make plans for how we will do this and that in the future. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to plan, but, what are you doing in the meantime? It could be as simple as making changes to your diet to ensure you enjoy a little more, or even that dress you’ve been eyeing but think you cannot get. Remember, life is short. You may be reading this now, and gone the next. Take every opportunity and live it to the fullest.
Independence comes with responsibility
“You are responsible for your own actions.”
This has stuck with me. I may be all grown up now, but ‘adulting’ comes with responsibility.
You can be anything and do anything
“The world is your stage. Don’t limit yourself.”
This has taught me not to limit myself in my little sphere. The world is waiting for me out there… and for you too. Don’t be satisfied with your current position. Seek to grow wherever you find yourself. There’s no excuse as to why you can’t be greater than who you are now.
The value of sacrifice
“We (plus mum) support you. We don’t know how we’ll help you get there, but we will.”
One day I’ll tell about a story of just how much my father (and mother) sacrificed to see me do what I want to do. He could easily have said, “No,” but he chose to do it, without even knowing how he was going to do it. Every time I think of this, it brings tears to my eyes. But yes, that’s who my father is.
And this reminds me so much of our Heavenly Father who sacrificed his son, just for us. Like he gave his own son….
Seek every opportunity to learn
“Life is about learning. Read widely.”
I would often get tired of reading my school books and say that I was done reading them. He would always tell me that there were other books I could read. For him, reading never stops.
Of course, I see sense now.
Never give up
“If you can’t get a thing done this way, find another way to do it….and get it done.”
I know this is a little cliché but, it makes so much sense every time I am about to give up. I have realized over time that whatever I start doing, I must see it to completion. You try and try and try until you get it.
Family is everything
“Who will be the first to come through for you when you need help?”
There’s nothing as great as family. No matter where we are, we always know that we got each other’s backs in every way. For me, family will always, always come first. That’s just what family is all about.
Be grateful for everything
“Thank you, Lord, for your blessings on me…”
There are things we think we deserve, or even things we don’t think are worth being grateful for. But the truth is, everything is a blessing. The fact that you woke up and are even able to scroll and read this, is reason enough to be grateful.
Be bold. Be aggressive
“What’s the worst that can happen?”
One thing not many people know about me is that I am quite a risk-taker – not on face value, but realistically. This I have gotten from him.
So be courageous. Take action. It won’t kill you. Trust me.
No matter how badly or how often I fall, he always has my back
“I love you.”
There are times I blow it up like I really do. But even in his disappointment, he doesn’t show me his back, but rather, he helps me back up. Because I am his child, and he loves me.
No matter how many times we fail God, He still got us. He is full of grace and mercy. After all, you are his child. And He loves you.
See you next week!