My dad has always been a giver. He gives of his time, his finances, and his advice. He taught us that it truly is better to give than to receive. My dad was happier with the homemade Father’s Day gifts that were given cheerfully compared to some material object that was given out of “necessity”.
It has taught me to give with a cheerful and thankful attitude. It has taught be to not begrudgingly give to those in need or to those I love. For the last three days I keep hearing from my boys how excited they are to give me my Father’s Day present. They are excited and waiting to cheerfully give me something they worked hard to create. The best gifts I ever received were not trivial material things, but they were thoughtful gifts that hold such a strong sentimental value. You will find these treasures lining my office bookshelves, in my exam rooms and put in “memory boxes” for safe keeping. The little hand prints cast in clay, the homemade journal to keep record of our camping trips, or the special card with all the stick people family drawn in…these all mean more to me than anything else.
I want my boys to learn the same lesson I have learned. It’s better to give than to receive and when we give we need to give cheerfully.