This morning I shared a post on Facebook…it said…
ATTENTION: Work hard and be kind….That’s all. by Growing Boulder
When I heard that, it reminded me of my dad. So I felt good for a little bit just thinking of what a great example he set for me. He was a hard worker…and he taught me that. He was kind…and I learned that from him too. That didn’t mean he put up with people’s bad behavior, but he was kind.
Then, I remembered…my dad did more than that – lot’s more.
He PLAYED hard…really hard. When he retired, he moved to Florida full time and moved into a new neighborhood. The neighborhood boys…10 and 12, came to the door and asked my mom if my dad could come out and play! That was one of the things that made him so LOVED by so many…he played hard and was kind. He had three strokes and he still played softball the day before he died (at 80)…and more than 200 of his buddies who played with him over the years showed up after to tell us what a great guy he was. People remember him for that.
My dad GAVE hard too. He gave to everyone – his church, our schools, his homeowner’s association, his ball team, his family and those who needed him. All my life, strangers would tell me stories of nice things he did – whether they were stuck in a snow storm or stuck in life trying to make things work – he did what he could.
SO…I want to add to my Facebook share…
work hard – be kind – play hard – give