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Lessons My Father Taught Me

During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in 2003, more than 100 people braved a cold and windy winter night to visit the Land Rover Newfoundland dealership for that province’s launch of the first edition of Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift.

On the 10th anniversary of that memorable evening, it seems fitting to share some of the lessons my father taught me. They are among my notes for A Father’s Legacy –– the second, in-progress Standing Tall book –– but in many ways, they are only the tip of the iceberg.

He taught me much, this man I called father and friend…

He taught me that unconditional love is the most powerful force in the universe
And that the greatest gift you can give your child is the gift of yourself and your time…

That perseverance solves many problems
And choices have consequences…

That how you get somewhere is as important as where you’re going
And that it’s fine if you stumble, as long as you steady yourself and move forward…

That it doesn’t matter what others believe, it matters what you believe
And you should always follow your gut…

That the simplest is often the most profound
And that intense joy is found in achieving something thought impossible…

That everyone needs someone to believe in them
Everyone needs someone to love them…

And that where there is love
Life and death separate us not at all.