What Does It Mean to Be Great? What Does It Mean to Leave a Legacy?
Very few people in the world know the name of my Dad. His name was Joseph. He wasn’t famous, he didn’t lead what some would consider an adventurous life.
But to those who mattered. He was a Legend.
Being a Dad isn’t about being the strongest, smartest, or coolest guy on the planet. Being a Dad is about giving everything you have to and for your kids…even when they may not reciprocate or even care.
It’s about knowing what your family needs…even when they may not want it. It’s about taking the heat and keeping your cool. It’s about teaching boys to become men and teaching girls how they should expect to be treated by men. And for a man, there is no greater role or duty on earth.
I can honestly and unequivocally say that I would be lost without my Dad. He was my everything. He was who I aspire to be. He left a gentle, soft spoken example of how a man can love his family more than himself. Of how a man can sacrifice his own wants because more than anything, he wanted to be a Dad.
I would give anything for 1 more conversation with him. Just one more night. But he’s been gone now for 10 years and there isn’t a day that goes by…that I don’t think about him.
This man taught me work ethic, compassion, strength, humility and love. He was the best man I’ve ever known, and I can’t wait to one day see him again.
The strongest evidence of his legacy is in his children. He and my amazing Mom gave birth to 6 of us. 5 boys and 1 girl. I think what makes me so proud to call myself a Lanier is in knowing that all 5 men strive to be truly great Dads. And my sister made sure to marry a man who strives to do the same.
So on this Father’s Day just remember. Your kids may be close to you, or they may be far away. You may reach out to them and they may not reach back. Perhaps you’ve neglected some of your duties as a Dad and this day is hard for you.
Remember….It’s never too late to be a Dad. You can’t replace the days you’ve lost, but you can maximize the days ahead. You don’t have to be famous, you don’t have to be a rockstar to your kids. But if you give them your love, you
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