Thanks Dad…


We all have our mentors… and I must admit I may have more than my share.

From advice in business… to raising a family. On issues ranging from finances to health to conflict resolution to sales and marketing.

From being a great husband or servant leader… to being a better dad.

Some of these coaches and teachers I have sought out… to learn to golf… to improve my public speaking… to fly an airplane.

Others… like my dad, were given to me. And that is what I’m thankful for this week.


A few days ago, our family got together to celebrate my dad’s birthday.

I don’t really know why we did that… because it wasn’t his birthday. I guess it’s kind of like that Washington/Lincoln Birthday thing… you know, where they change the dates… except that he’s never actually been the President!

But alas… I digress.

I suppose it’s possible that it may have just been convenient to do it on a weekend… although, except for my mom and dad and my wife and daughter, most everyone else that was there was retired anyway so it really shouldn’t have mattered.

After all, they all have six Saturdays and a Sunday EVERY week. In any event, I won’t tell you my dad’s age… but he was born in 1925.

And I guess that’s important because he and my mom (who happens to be X years his junior) are often mistaken for being 15 or 20 years younger than they are!

I’m sure good genes are part of it… but I think that clean living, important work, a Blessed mission, and TOTAL ENGAGEMENT with life likely make up a good deal of the rest.


On his 70th birthday, I suggested he put together a 20 year plan. He laughed at the time, but looking at what he’s accomplished in the last 14 years… it is obvious that he has one.

And now I’m suggesting he do it again.

In fact, I am in the process of defining mid-to-long-range goals myself, and recommend you do the same… even if you don’t like clean living!

So, now tonight… in this very private international forum, I just want to say,
“Thanks Dad… I love you, and Happy Birthday!”



Who are some of the mentors in your life?

Have you thanked them recently?

Are you struggling in any area of your life right now?

Who could help you?

Is there a reason you’re waiting to ask? Is there a GOOD reason?


I look forward to speaking with you soon.


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2 thoughts on “Thanks Dad…

  1. Great post. It is so true that mentors are needed in life and my parents have also been some of the best. Thanks so much for posting this touching tribute to your father.

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