Each generation faces the uncertainty of finding the path they can call their own. Early on the challenge is merely to be recognized as being able to take a decision, strike out in ways that are different. As time passes people in your life begin to recognize the maturity that is developing in your approach and grant you the freedom that you felt you deserved long ago.
One of the more challenging aspects of this process is discovering what you need really need to treasure. I truly believe that it is not related to the quality of what is being passed from one generation to the next. The quality is usually there for everyone; the question for is how to hold on to what is both valuable and can be used. Sometimes there are gems that you hold onto for years and then they blossom in ways that you could never imagine.
This past week was one of those instances. There is much about my childhood that I do not completely understand. I doubt I am unique in this regard. The gift was that for the first time I saw my father through the eyes of my children and of my own at that age. I rediscovered the caring that permeates who he is while enjoying life to the maximum. I found myself laughing uncontrollably with my daughters at the bad puns and jokes. I caught myself taking a fresh look at my values and priorities in a good way.
“Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.” (Proverbs 15.22)
I am lucky that I have a patience father who loves me unconditionally. Actually I have two of them. One is your father too. He has given you and me a book full of advice. God also provides his Presence to guide and teach. You want to live life full and to the max? Take a fresh look at your heavenly father. I saw Him in a new light this week. Trust me; He is really and truly amazing.