Post written by Mic Johnson, Blog Coach | LinkedIn Trainer | WordPress Web Site Guy | Rational Optimist | Jayhawk | Sushi Lover | Cancer Volunteer
NOTE: This article was first published on February 6th, 2013. I’ve made a few edits and plan to publish it every year at this time in honor of my Dad. Thank you.
With this blog, sometimes I never know what I’m going to write about until something inspires me. Sometimes it hits me weeks in advance. Sometimes it hits me the day I sit down to write. Sometimes I see something in life, on Facebook, on Twitter, or on LinkedIn that inspires me.
But I also use this space (and I thank all of you that take the time to read, share, and comment for indulging me) to share personal stories that have impacted me and my life.
That’s part of the culture at Blue Gurus. It’s who we are. What you see is what you get. We have no choice but to be ourselves. People that work with us know they are getting real human beings who wear their emotions and passions on their sleeves every single day. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. So I wanted to share a piece of me with each of you today…
February 6th is never a normal day for me. And it hasn’t been since 1995.
The saying goes “When does a boy become a man?….When he loses his father.”
That was true for me on February 6, 1995 when my dad passed away. That was the day that cancer forever took away the innocence of life from me. That was the day that forever changed the lens through which I look at every decision in my life. That was the day when I learned what is truly important in life.
While I would do anything to get my dad back, I’m eternally grateful for the wisdom that came to me when I was just 23 years old. I think about my dad every single day and try to live my life as a tribute to his legacy.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
This is the last line of the poem “Attitude” that I read at his funeral. I’ve referenced it countless times in my life and have shared it with countless people when they’ve gone through challenging times in their lives. It’s one small way I continue to share my dad with others and keep his legacy alive.
I hope you read this post and find some inspiration. I hope you take a minute to think about how blessed you are. I hope you take some time to reflect on the people that have come before you and the people that are still a part of your life today. Hug someone. Thank someone. Take someone to lunch. Write someone a note telling them how you feel. Whatever it is…make a difference in someone’s life every single day. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow so we owe it to ourselves to make the most of today.
I dedicate this post to my Dad. I miss you more than words can say. And I love you so very much.
[NOTE: I don’t have many pictures, etc. from my dad because email, Facebook, digital cameras, etc. all weren’t around back then. The picture with my Dad is one of the only ones I have where we’re both adults. It was my freshman year at KU and it was a party I’ll never forget. Additionally, this rare letter that I have from him is a priceless item for me.]