Have you ever chased the Ice Cream Truck? I remember running through the house, screaming to my Mama, chasing the truck down the street and being so excited about getting ice cream from the Ice Cream Person! I would be full of laughter and anticipation of my wondrous treat. It just was not the same as going to the store for this special treat. This wonderful memory was made fresh when I saw – and actually ran after – an Ice Cream Truck at a friends house. And the truck was my favorite color too – purple! I was happy to bring back that feeling of joy. It reminded me how serious we take life as we grow into adulthood.
I challenge each and every one of you to think back to a wonderful memory and get happy! It is a choice. I was recently at the grocery store and it was busy. I noticed the people around me were not even smiling. I could feel they were really uptight. I put a smile on my face, took a deep breath and began thinking about Tai Chi in the park and I began to feel really happy. So, choose your thoughts and be happy!
One of my fondest memories as a child was the excitement of Dad coming home and playing basketball games such as Horse and Pig. As a family, another memory is about our camping trips. For me, the campfire songs and Smores were the highlights from these trips.
Dad works in the field of Counseling and, as you know, I am a Coach. Our relationship has grown into an adult relationship where we can talk about anything. When we have a difference of opinion we’re both okay with it. We have different beliefs and live quite different lives however; he supports me and loves me for who I am. Every week I meet my Dad for lunch and just chat for a while. I look forward to seeing him every Monday.
When Dad recently had a heart attack, I took a close look at our relationship and what I learned from him. One of the biggest things Dad taught me was accepting and balancing my Yin Yang energy. I say accepting because when I consider myself, I feel I have more masculine energy, which in our social structure always made me feel less than. Thanks, Dad, for your unconditional love and really seeing me! I love you, Dad!
We are all Fathers to all children around the world! Happy Father’s Day to all!