Dad Always Said…
Posted June 14th, 2012 | by The Update
Father’s Day is a time when kids honor Dad with crayon signs, macaroni artwork and bright colored golf shirts. Yet, the gifts that dads receive on their special day pale in comparison to the ones they give—a lifetime of wise counsel, good advice and unconditional love. We invited notable dads to share the words of wisdom that came to them from their fathers—advice that they have passed along to their own kids.
You could sum up my dad’s advice in Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If.” He believed in being kind and having courage in your convictions. He also taught us to give back to our community in whatever way we could. Joe M. Dealey Jr., Trustee of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Dad suggested that I live my life remembering that I was leaving a legacy for my children to follow. He also said that the most important thing I could do for my kids is to love my wife and illustrate the value of a faithful marriage. I think his best advice though was to live to impress no one. I’ve shared that often with my own kids. Joel T. Williams III, founder of Passion for Children’s Inc.
My dad always told me, when you borrow something, return it in better condition than when you borrowed it. It sounds simple, but leaving things better than you found them is a pretty good way to live your life. It’s something I try to instill in all the young men I coach. Randy Allen, football coach, Highland Park High School.
The best advice I received from my dad was to stand by your word and always be honest, even if it costs you. He also advised me to take things one day at a time, reminding me “This too shall pass.” That prediction has come true many times. Robbie Briggs, President & CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
A Dad is
A Dad is respected because he gives his children leadership.
A Dad is appreciated because he gives his children care.
A Dad is valued because he gives his children time.
A Dad is loved because he gives his children the one thing they treasure most – himself.
~ Author Unknown
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