Before getting started in the-life-business I never realized the importance of time with my family. I always felt we had little in common so I struggled with understanding the value of my time with them. (I know, terrible thinking). When I was growing up my dad and I always had basketball as our common point of interest. I think that is one reason it developed into such a passion of mine was because my dad was passionate about it also. But that’s really all we shared together and the only time we ever saw each other… at games. But once I could no longer play I felt a huge void that I never thought I could fill in my adult life. Learning from leaders like Orrin and Laurie Woodward, Chris and Terri Brady, George and Jill Guzzardo and many of the other LIFE founders helped me re-frame my thinking on the value of family time.
This video of a little 7 year old girl and her daddy singing together is a beautiful example of love and time with family. For this father and his little girl, these memories will be cherished and carried forever.
I have since re-framed my priorities over the last couple years. I have made more effort to spend time with my family and find common interests that we can do together to build the bond. Like the little girl and her father with singing, over the last few years I have learned to love fishing. For the last 5 years I have gone to Minnesota with my dad over Father’s Day weekend and spent time at his cabin where we would literally fish from dawn until dusk every day of our trip. Because of my competitive nature I would get very frustrated because I would be out all day and maybe catch one small walleye that we had to throw back (when my dad would reel the big ones in left and right). Now, instead I value the beauty of sitting on the water in his little ‘John boat’ watching the sun rise and sun set while reading a good book and if I didn’t catch anything then I didn’t have to get my hands dirty and I could encourage and be proud of my dad for his outstanding fishing abilities. Even in the silence, the moments are precious and memorable. My mom and I share food! So anytime I am visiting with my mom our time spent usually involves some kind of food and funny stories as there is never a dull moment with my mom!
One of the 8 F’s the-life-business encourages people to grow in is family. What have you learned from the ‘Family – F‘ that you are applying into your life? What moments do you have (past and present) that are keepsake memories with parents or family? I would love to hear your stories 🙂