Throughout my childhood I watched my Dad walk out the door with his golf clubs, headed to an upcoming golf tournament or a simple outing with his buddies. He would be gone for the entire day and on returning home, seemed to have a sense of contentment. Only on one occasion did he ever ask me to go with him, but even then, he still didn’t invite me to play the game of golf with him. Sure, I was a recipient of the free meal, but had to simply watch him play.
Have you ever just sat and thought about being unique? Being different than everyone else around you? It’s obvious that you’re a unique person, with unique traits, abilities and characteristics, but that’s not what I’m talking about.
The uniqueness I’m referring to is the kind defined by what you do every day, your habits.
The True Story of Life
I stumbled across an image that sums up my point. In this day and time, we live in an age of conformity, and for the bulk of the population in this world, that means joining the workforce.
Working a day job isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Most people are lucky to even have a job, right? Well, that’s because that’s they way they feel, and think.
If they were to feel and think differently, what would happen?
I ran across this story and had to share it with you. If this doesn’t tug on your heart strings a bit, then I don’t know what will. And just to preface the story a bit, this is one of the main reasons I’ve chosen my career path. When you read the story, you’ll understand what that reason is.
Time is too valuable…especially to our kids. I’ll make sure that this NEVER happens to me.
SON: “Daddy, may I ask you a question?”
DAD: “Yeah sure, what is it?”
SON: “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?”
SON: “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?”
DAD: “If you must know, I make $100 an hour.”
SON: “Oh! (With his head down).
SON: “Daddy, may I please borrow $50?”
The father was furious.
My oldest daughter entered into the school systems as a kindergartner back in 2006. Since 2005, I escaped from my job and started a home based business. Ever since that day, I’ve had the flexibility to volunteer in all of my children’s classes in many different capacities. This year, I’m a school volunteer P.E. teacher….and I’m loving it!
Is there any better way to spend your time than with a bunch of screaming, happy third graders?
I think not….most of the time! Occasionally, there are those moments where I wonder if I have any control of them at all.
I promise you this, if you can find a way to take your kids sword fighting with cattails, your kids will love you for it! I don’t know a single kid that doesn’t love making a mess and whacking things with a stick, so add this one to your list of fun outdoor activities to do with kids.
As you probably already know, yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day, and because of it, my kids were given the day off from school. So, as a work from home Dad, one of the most difficult things for me to do is to work while my kids are off from school. And you might think that it’s because they’re running around the house like a bunch of monkeys while I’m trying to record a YouTube video or write up a blog post, and that might be part of the reason. But the main reason is that I want to get out and do something fun with them while they have a free day.
So, instead of working, I decided to take the day off!
First off, everyone effected in any way by the horrific school shootings in Connecticut today will be included in my prayers. There isn’t a decent soul in this country that isn’t grieving for those innocent lives that were lost today.
I have a mild glimpse of the emotions going through every citizen and child involved in that horrible crime. A few years ago, while living in Payson Arizona, I received a call from a friend who informed me that my children’s school was in lock down. Someone on school grounds had seen a man wearing a trench coat, carrying a gun, walking around the school’s premises.