On Wednesday I posed the question, what kind of leader was your father? The response I got was great. Many of the comments were touching tributes to fathers who had profound influences. I thought it would be appropriate to share all of these on my Web site at http://www.secondg.net/fathers.html
If you have a tribute you would like to pay to your father, you can still do so by clicking on the comments link below or sending me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org I will post all tributes through Monday at 9:00 PM MST. Share the link with your father, mother and/or siblings. I plan on sharing it with mine : ) Have a wonderful Fathers Day!
Who’s That Photo Of?
If you wondered who that photo is of, that’s my father. He looks a little grumpy, but he really isn’t. I will be eternally grateful for him. Here is my tribute to him and why he has been such a great leader and example to me.
I was very young when my mother left my biological father, who was an alcoholic. She was left with no money, two small children and very little hope. She worked hard so that my sister and I would have a place to stay and food to eat. She met the love of her life five or so years later. He loved my sister and me unconditionally, and he became our father as much as we were his children. I always felt that I was his son. I never doubted he loved me, and I believe that was the most important thing I could have as a son.
My dad was a strong leader both in the home, church and in business where he served in a number of senior leadership roles throughout his life. The traits that made him a great leader included his unwavering patience, caring nature, desire to know me and his firmness in regards to decisions. I can remember many times as a child not wanting to disappoint him, though I seemed to find a way to do so on occasion : ) But I don’t remember him ever yelling at me, just patiently teaching me. And though at the time the worse punishment in the whole wide world was to listen to his lectures, I now appreciate the fact that he cared enough to spend time doing his best to teach me.
His wonderful counsel continues to this day, and I still seek it when I have an important decision to make. Thanks Dad for loving Mom and unconditionally loving me. I love you. Happy Father’s Day!