There are some people you just cannot buy for, fathers included. Mother’s Day buying is so simple. Sometime the gift giving is a challenge because we really do not know our Dads.

I did not really know my Dad very well. He was old enough to be my grandfather. About the time my youngest brother was born he was probably close to receiving Social Security (well maybe not). He worked different shifts in the steel mill and I when I came home I did not always know if he was asleep, at work, or home. Then of course there was the alcohol problem and all the stuff that comes along with it. I have to admit, I really did not respect my Dad very much.

That leads us to the best Father’s Day gift…Respect. Some respect is earned. I did not think my Dad earned much respect. But then there is respect for the job of fatherhood itself. I needed to respect him because he simply was my Father. When I did that, I found that there were things that my Dad did that earned my respect: his taking the neighborhood boys camping, fishing, football games, Dairy Queen, etc. One of my friends said he always appreciated my Dad because his father had bone cancer and died early and could not take him to such activities. My dad was a good provider with a steady income that met the needs of our family.

When it comes to Father’s Day this weekend, how can you show respect to your Father?

  • Share with your father reasons why you respect him.
  • What are some things he does well? Tell him.
  • If you had a difficult relationship with your Dad, find one positive thing you appreciate. Most of us can find at least one thing positive about another. Humans tend to think on the negative.

Live by the Optimist Creed. It will improve all of our relationships if we adhere to it:

Promise Yourself…

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.


(c) 2017 Wally Johnston


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