The Lessons Of Youth

One of the most powerful and long-lasting lessons of my childhood came from being required to do chores around the house before being allowed to go outside to play with my friends. As parents, we want the best for our children. We want them to be kind, decent, and successful. And, we want to provide…

Loving Action (Father’s Day)

Being around is not the same as being present. Love, if it is not some hollow sentiment, is inextricably tied to duty. Love is a promise that requires action in order to be demonstrated, proven, and fulfilled. Love’s claim is a debt owed. It is a pledge of time, both in quantity and quality. It…

Who Will You Be (When the Curtain Falls)?

Knowing who you want to be is more important than knowing what you want to be. Fatherhood is a challenge, not in the sense that it is challenging, as in difficult. That is a given. All work that matters is difficult. More so and more importantly, it is a challenge to who we think we…

Love is a Request Undenied

What would I have missed if I was not willing to pay attention? A few nights ago, as I was writing, my daughter walked past me to go to the bathroom. Less than a minute later, she came back and told me that the house was too dark and she was scared to go to…