In honor of my dad’s birthday today, I thought I would share a couple of the many lessons that I have learned from him.
Lower your expectations of others
It is easy to pick out the flaws of all of the people in our lives.Let go of the disappointment that you have when people do not do what you think they should.. You have to accept that sometimes people do things that you do not agree with but that is how things happen in this world. You do not know the entire life history of every person and know what they have been through. Do not stuff people into boxes and stereotype them. Someone may appear to be cold because of the harshness in their life but there is still good there. Take my advice. Get to know the people that appear broken.
It’s better to be single than to settle.
I have been in a couple of serious relationships. Even though I was the one that broke it off there was still pain and disappointment in the end. The best thing you can ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and do not settle for less than you deserve. You should be with someone that does not need convincing, someone that you do not have to chase, and someone that will stay because he wants to. You are responsible for your own happiness. Someone else should never be the one to build you up! Do not let others rob you of the opportunity to be happy. You are special! You matter!
Be thankful for everything that you have been blessed with.
It is so important to appreciate everything in life that you have been blessed with. It is easier said than done but when I am faced with a difficult situation or have hurt feelings, my dad makes me do a “blessings inventory.” So here we go…
1. I am thankful for my health, it is the greatest wealth that I could ever own.
2. I am grateful for all of the times when I prayed “ I won’t ever ask for anything else again if this situation would get fixed.” Guess what, every situation always was.
3. My family- They have given me the best opportunity in life. I’d be nothing without them.
4. I am thankful for my coworkers who pour their heart and soul into their lessons and continue to inspire me.
5. I am thankful that I was able to get an education and even more thankful to my parents for helping finance me through college.
6. I am thankful for the internet. Only about one third of the world’s population has internet access. Think about how your world would be different without it?
7. My dad- the greatest gift and blessing is having you in my life. Happy Birthday!