I used to scoff at “Hallmark Holidays” like Father’s Day..but that was then and this is now. The years have transformed me into a sentimental middle-aged goofball who is becoming increasingly aware of both the how temporary this life is and how important it is to savor every moment. With Father’s Day upon us I want to take a moment to reflect on two people that help to guide me as I walk the path.
The first is my father, who has been gone for many years. His love, his ability to look within and improve his life and his artist’s heart are all qualities that I work to cultivate in my life.
The second is my son, whose mere presence gives me the gift of purpose. He is the funniest, smartest, most dynamic 9-year-old that I have ever known. His hunger to learn, his joyous presence and his hilarious and fun energy are all qualities I work to cultivate in my life. I won’t be celebrating Father’s Day with my son this year as he is in Australia with his mother.
I miss my father and my son dearly every day. With an open mind and a gentle heart I pause to reflect on these two amazing people. Memories come rushing into my mind. I take a moment to savor each memory. I allow these same thoughts to leave when it is time…making effort to avoid both pushing the thought away and clinging to it (’cause that’s how we Buddhists roll).
Happy Father’s Day to you all. If you can, visit your father today. If you cannot, visit the memories. The same goes for the dads out there…snuggle your children if they are close, and if they are far away visit the memories, call ’em on Skype and tell them that you love them.
Hanging out with my father in my grandparent’s living room…80’s style…rocking the Indiana Jones shirt and playing a Nintendo Game + Watch.
Here he is playing a few songs. Listen with headphones to hear the bass properly. I’m digging that top hat
Domenico and I during one of our many Skype chats. Sometimes we play Magic: The Gathering…sometimes he wins 😉