Now that I am a parent I find myself evaluating the simple life lessons Liv needs to learn. What are the lessons I find most valuable? How will we teach those core values? Will my actions speak louder than my words?
You start to wonder, “How did I learn all those simple life lessons?” The answer is the examples we have in our lives.
I could go on and on about my Dad. I would say on average once a month, I hear from someone how precious he is. My dad is full of wisdom and love. He thrives on emotion, in the best of ways.
I wish I had the time to tell you everything he has taught me, but neither of us have all day. 🙂
But there is one thing that until this past year I didn’t even realize he taught me. Now that I think of it, he never sat me down and explained this to me… he has just always shown me.
What do you do when you walk into a room full of people? Do you walk immediately to your seat? Do you stop and assess the room? Kind of a funny thing to think about, right?
Just this past weekend I saw my dad torque his entire body with a donut and drink in his hand to say hello and hug someone he hadn’t greeted already. Most people would just walk by and think, “When I am done with my donut, I’ll go say, ‘Hey.'”
Want to know why people say that my dad is a gem?
A Simple Life Lesson
He just says, Hello. He shakes people’s hands. He gives them a hug.
It’s the smallest thing but he always acknowledges everyone he is around. He wants that person to walk away feeling valued, and they always do.
It’s literally the most simple thing, acknowledging people around you. People just want to feel valued.
It’s one of those life lessons I learned by watching the best.
One thing my Dad has always said is life is about people. He couldn’t be more correct. So what are you doing to bring value to your family, friends or co-workers? Are you investing in them? Asking how their day has been? Taking a quick coffee break to give them just some one-on-one time? It will go a long way.
Or simply just say hello and acknowledge them when you walk into a room.
Dad- I LOVE you and so honored to call you my dad.