I've been reflecting on some of the memories I have of my Dad recently. Luke lost his Dad, renown journalist Tim Russert last week and it also being fathers day made me recall some of the wonderful memories I had of my Dad who is no longer with us. I remember being so excited when he bought me my first real bicycle. I was 9 years old and I still remember the many weeks he spent teaching me how to ride it. Nine years later right after high school, Dad said he would support any decisions I made. This was after I just finished reluctantly telling him I was seriously thinking of joining the military. I know he wanted me to go to college, but I wanted be an officer just like him. (I ended not enlisting because I got a scholarship to study the International Baccalaureate in England)
I treasure all these moments - but one that stands today is probably because I used it just last week. A close friend was going through a crisis and I shared with them that when growing up, I learned through observing my dad that whenever there was a crisis or an emergency he was always the calmest person in the room and because of that he was able to figure a solution to many problems.
Sometimes I don't execute this lesson perfectly but I try to remember the message. You really never have control of the situations life throws at you, but 100% of the time you control your response and that is what makes all the difference.
I'm interested in hearing some of the lessons you learned from your Dad.
Published On: June 18, 2008