I know that I appreciate my dad immensely. He'd be pretty humble about it, but much of what I post in the blog is an outgrowth of the life lessons he taught me.
But even more than my appreciation of him, is my appreciation of Him: G-D the Father.
Now this isn't based on any religion in particular. It's just an understanding that there is a supernatural being who has a completely rational expectation of us to recognize and fulfill our personal responsibilities. Our Mother Lady Karma is the One who handles things we can't control, executes judgment against those who wrong us, and pardons us for our errors. G-D the Father, however, has a very different role to play.
What He does is remind us of what we CAN control, and that we'd better handle it to the best of our abilities. His message is, "I'm not going to do your job for you." Should we get started and keep moving, He is very likely to provide assistance, and quite possibly rewards, along the way. But if we don't work for it, He won't provide it.
Our Father G-D doesn't want us to give up trying after only a few attempts. He wants us to get our hands dirty and fail again and again until there has to be some sort of success, great or small. He wants us to rise above critics and nay-sayers, disable our triggers when they are not needed, and to be as disciplined as possible in our thoughts and actions.
He knows that we'll make mistakes. Honestly, He expects them to happen. And He also expects us to keep our emotional reactions to a minimum because they'll only get in the way. Our Mother can kiss our skinned egos to make them better. But Our Father wants us to heal them ourselves, because we can!
That doesn't mean He's mean or unforgiving. If He were, He'd be convincing us all to jump off bridges and end it all. Instead, He wants us to live, and live right. He wants us to understand that every new day is another chance to get it right, and not to eternally punish ourselves for when we get it wrong. He wants us to own The Four Pillars, and own them hard!
So, Friends & Neighbors, today I hope you told your fathers how much you appreciate them. And every day going forward, I suggest we show appreciation to Our Father G-D by making ourselves even better.
I EXIST. I MATTER. I BELONG. I DESERVE.
I AM BOLD. I AM BULLETPROOF.
I AM EMOTIONALLY MATURE.