I can’t imagine anything more noble than a man who sacrifices everything for their family. A true father is a warrior – continually slaying dragons, and overcoming obstacles inside and out. To be a father in the truest sense of the word is an honor.
A father doesn’t simply contribute to the creation of life but actually invests in, and leads it. This type of warrior doesn’t give up. He understands the true meaning of, “train your child in the way they should go…”
What is a father?
Perhaps I’d be the last to know, since mine chose to leave this earth and his three children and obligations when I was seven. I remember missing his presence so many times, from the formal high school graduation ceremony, to father daughter dances, to dads weekend in college, or when my friend talked about the long trail runs she did with her dad.
Having a baby doesn’t make a great father, anymore than having a car makes you a great driver.
True fathering is about leadership.
Becoming a leader,
being a leader, and
Today I pondered what I could do to celebrate fathers.
I had a wonderful step father who died a few years ago and there’s no one to visit or send a card to. I’ve considered going to a nursing home on Father’s Day, and being a daughter to a father who doesn’t have one. Somewhere I know there’s a daddy waiting for a visit that just won’t happen. Instead of longing for a father to celebrate, I can be a daughter for one who needs one.
Wherever you are that day, do me a favor and turn your pain and joy into purpose.
And if you’ve got a father to call your own, one of the best gifts you can give him is the gift of a healthy lifestyle. Keep him here on this planet as long as possible. Skip the typical brunch and sign yourself and your dad up for the Spartan race, to jumpstart his fitness.
The time comes when we lead, thanking him for all that he did for you.
Be a warrior.
Note: to sign up for a race use the code SPARTANDAD for 50% off gear, $69 races & 2 free digital books with any race purchase! https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/1408/overview
To your legacy,