14562 days ago
Those are the last words I said to my father.
In fact, every time we parted ways or hung up the telephone, he always said “I love you.” And as his son, I always said it back. Probably one of the most important lessons he taught me was to express my love openly.
I am so thankful for this, because though he didn’t set it up for this reason, he all but guaranteed that the last thing we would ever say to each other was a declaration that we loved one another.
Here are 3 other Virtues my Father Taught Me
- Be relentless. As a former bull rider, my dad once broke his arm at a rodeo in the morning, only to duct tape his arm tight so that he could go on to win the championship later that evening.
As a child, we were taught to never quit – never!
- There is power in your words and thoughts. My dad often cited a verse from the Bible,“Life and death are in the tongue and
they shall eat the fruit thereof.”
If I said something negative, he would catch me and then cite the verse, basically saying what you say and what you believe is what will happen, so don’t proclaim bad things over your life.
This virtue alone has single-handedly done more for my life than anything else I’ve ever learned. To declare and believe in your own success before becoming successful… it’s honestly a very powerful belief system that is self-fulfilling.
- Go ALL-IN! From bull riding to being a father, no matter what my dad did, he went all-in.
Now, he didn’t give an ounce of effort on things he didn’t care about, which is great, too, because he didn’t waste time with things that didn’t interest him. In his 60s, he became a bike rider, and his last ride just days before he died was 84 miles!
He loved bike riding, and that is actually what he was doing when he passed away.With a 7+-decade-old heart, he died on the seat of a bike, climbing up a hill. He was doing what he loved. Coincidently where he wanted his ashes to be spread, according to his will, is where he died.
The last words I spoke to him were “I love you,” and his last act as a man was to go all-in, doing what he loved!