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Do for you.

Do for you.

Be a duck. Let the things around you roll right off and continue forward. I thought for a long time I had to react to everything, I had to have an immediate solution or answer for everything coming my way. Let me tell you I learned a lot of valuable and painful lessons trying to keep up with all that came my way as a new father.  Still to this day 23+ years into being a DAD I still remind myself to "be a duck".  Just like the water roll's off their feathers, I have to let things roll off of me so I stay focused on taking action in my life rather than reacting to my life.  There are a million things to know as a new father, there are constant changes as a father period. 1 year in, 15 years in there are new things everyday and the things that affect our lives come from those we love so we can't just not pay attention, but we can stay centered and calm. Over reacting to my child becoming sick and having to step out of my schedule to go to a dr's appointment can only be viewed by me as one thing: A beautiful reminder to slow down. I know that my kids are appreciative for the way I've taken care of them in times of sickness over the years because the way my mother took care of me has had a lasting impact on my life. I can't tell you what types of projects, deadlines or meetings I've missed over the years. Don't get me wrong, it seemed super important at the time but reality is that I can only remember the habits and hacks I've created with my kids at doctors offices, at home recovering, in creating soups and teas and gargling salt water that really matter.  My business survived, my relationships with co-workers and bosses and clients have all stood the test of time. I've had to let these things roll off my back, I've had to be a duck at time to stay focused on what really matters in life, taking care of my kids.

Consider observing your relationships, your schedules, your expectations and free yourself from thinking anyone else is responsible for your responsibilities. Your the Man! Your the Dad! Stay calm, be positive and go be a duck for your family.

Our past does not define us.

Our past does not define us.

Where we are now matters.

Where we are now matters.

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