Monday, February 25, 2013

The Gift of the Absent Father

My wife and I are about to embark on our next big adventure. We've forged an amazing bond through our travels through Europe, Bali, the Caribbean and others. Wherever we go, we always explore and get off the beaten path, usually with a backpack and an agenda to have no agenda, to let our spirit and randomness take us where it wants to.

This time we are moving to Mexico with our two dogs, a cat and a Yakima sky box on the roof of our Honda Pilot.

It dawned on me today how fortunate I am to have been given this sense of independence and adventure. It's a confidence that I can go and do anything, anywhere. I've had it since I was young, when I would ride the bus to St Louis to go to Cardinals games at 14 by myself or when I sold a 100 items for a school fundraiser so I could win a Nintendo.

This spirit of independence and adventure has lead me to success in sales, in the Army, in college and today as an entrepreneur.

This is the gift of my absent father. I realized that perhaps my father was absent just so I could have the courage and the independence to go on crazy adventures with my wife, just so I could break free from an employer and do the work I am meant to do as a coach.

Today I celebrate the independence in me and in you. We are powerful and resilient. We were given a gift and tempered in this way for a reason.

Our job is to heal the pain that tells us we have to do it by ourselves; while honoring our ability to do it by ourselves.

If we can honor our ability to be independent and learn to allow love and support from others, our power and potential is unlimited.

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