As we approach Father’s Day on June 21 this year (celebrated in other days in different parts of the world) and every other year, I am acutely aware of the immense blessing we had to have a Dad like we did. I don’t ever take it for granted.
My Father was and still is a role model for us his children and so many other people who interacted with him. I came to realize, much later, that a lot of the things he did, which I thought were normal for all fathers to do,really weren’t. A big part of who I am today, even my mannerism, to some extent, is because of what my Dad modeled for me. It’s so uncanny it makes me laugh when I think about it.
He espoused hard work, honesty, integrity, commitment, contentment with life. He always encouraged, supported and inspired us and did not limit this expression to his children only, but to all who he came across. He gave me the courage early in my career, to step out into lands unknown to me-in a very literal sense, because he trusted that the foundation they had laid in me, would keep me going even in tough and lonesome moments. He showed us how a husband loves and cares for his wife and what having a relationship with God meant.
He loved us and provided for us. For him, his first priority was his family and everything he did was for the reason, ‘that we would have a better life’-this was something we never had to question. We were indeed blessed to have experienced this wonderful example.
To all Fathers out there who work hard to make this a reality for their families, your hard work and effort do not go unnoticed.It is very much appreciated. May you live to see your dreams for your families come to pass.
Happy Father’s Day!
P.S: Thought I’d share with you one of my favourite songs that closely reflects this wonderful relationship and what it means to be a role model to those who look up to you.