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8 Key Lessons from Dad

We have all learned valuable lessons from our parents. Today we have a look at some of the lessons my dad had shared with me through my life.  Some of these lessons were positive and some were things to learn from. Either way, these lessons came from love and the school of hard knocks

LIFE ISN’T FAIR. This is a lesson that dad shared at least once a month. The good thing to know is that there are times that life is not fair and it is in your favor! If you want to know more about this check out this blog focused on this topic Life isn’t fair.

TREAT A WOMAN LIKE YOU WOULD WANT YOUR MOTHER TREATED. If you treat every woman the way that you would want people to treat your mother, the world will be a better place. This lesson comes down to how to be a gentleman and was a very important lesson to learn.

JUST PUT SOME DIRT ON IT. This is a lesson that dad shared anytime someone was hurt. Be tough and it won’t hurt as much if you just take a moment and rub some dirt on it. This lesson did change when speaking to a young girl. Instead of dirt it was put kisses all over it and the pain was gone. The lesson to take from this is think of something else and the pain will be gone.

YOU’RE NOT SICK, IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD. This is a lesson that probably wasn’t a great one to learn, as there are times your body is attempting to tell you something that you don’t listen to. This was a very valuable lesson in the power of mindset and that you can do anything you put your mind to, even overcome sickness.

READ READ AND THEN READ SOME MORE. Dad always had a book in his hand. It might have been the latest spy thriller or the newest business book to help push your thinking to the next level. Whichever it was he was reading it was a powerful lesson to always be expanding your thinking.

SPEND MONEY. Enjoy what you have. Have experiences. Create memories. All of that came with spending money and dad was good at that! This lesson might have been better learned if there was some balance to it and dad also taught how to save. Oh well, at least there are some great memories!

THE POINT OF CHILDREN ARE GRANDCHILDREN. This was a lesson that dad shared later in life. Maybe dad didn’t learn this one until later in life and therefore also taught the lesson of always be learning! There was nothing as important to dad as his grandchildren. Remember that as you wonder what happened to your children as they become know it all teenagers and adults. One day they will provide you with grandchildren and they will have to suffer their children growing up!

TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS. Most memories of dad include a camera around his neck (cameras weren’t always built into phones) and snapping photos. Memories will be captured for ever with a simple click of a camera. Take those photos, look at those photos and remember the good times.

Thanks dad for all of these lessons. They will last forever and be passed on. You will never be forgotten. You were a great dad always filled with support even when it wasn’t clear.

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Chadalyst If you can, go thank your parents for the lessons they have taught you. Make sure you pass on your lessons to your next generation.

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The World Isn’t Fair

There were a few sayings that our dads always were ready to share with us as we grow up, such as:

  • six to one, half a dozen the other
  • the maid isn’t coming today
  • pull my finger
Hopefully we learned lessons from these words of wisdom.
  • Sometimes it doesn’t matter which choice we make, just make one.
  • Clean up after yourself because nobody else is going to do it for you. This means your physical messes as well as emotional ones you create (we don’t understand that second part until much later in life)
  • Be careful when something seems easy as it might not bring results that you desire

There were many other sayings that dads always have to share and my dad had his favorite one…The World Isn’t Fair! This might have been one of the hardest lessons for a kid to understand as we were always told to be fair and share and use our manners and then the world didn’t follow those same rules.

Maybe you were the most qualified for that job position or maybe you did work really hard on a project that someone else took the credit for. It might have been that you were planning a vacation that had to be canceled or you were rear ended in your brand new car.

Whatever it was that the world did to you, dad always seemed to have the same piece of advice…the world isn’t fair, and what are you going to do about it?

This was all captured well by the wonderful cartoonist Bill Watterson in this Calvin and Hobbes comic strip…

Wisdom from Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin of course was overlooking the wonderful ways that the world isn’t fair did work in his advantage. How many other kids got away with the stuff he did? How many other kids had an amazing talking imaginary tiger/best friend like he did? We know Calvin is a comic and not real (you knew that right?) and yet we often act the same way.

Think about all the times you have claimed the world isn’t fair to someone. Now stop for a moment and think about all of the ways the world isn’t fair AND in your favor?

Maybe you have a great partner in your life or a wonderful job you enjoy going to. Remember that you might have a home to go to which puts you ahead of the estimated 100 million homeless people in the world.

The world isn’t fair, and while sometimes it might pull the rug out from under you remember, there are many times that the world seems to revolve around you.

Thanks dads for all of the words of wisdom!

Chadalyst – Write down the 3 ways that the world is not fair and seems to be against you. Now take a moment and write down 3 ways that the world is not fair and in your favor! You will start to see the positive and stop worrying about the smaller issues.

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