Nature of Fatherhood

This How I Feel about being a Dad - or Papa:

"The nature of fatherhood is that you’re doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified when you do it.” – John Green

This is How I Feel about my own Dad:

"A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…”
- Unknown

HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL YOU MARVELOUS DADS, and everyone else as they celebrate your dads…

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“If you want what visible reality
can give, you are an employee.

If you want the unseen world,
you are not living with your truth.

Both wishes are foolish,
but you’ll be forgiven for forgetting
that what you really want is
love’s confusing joy.

Rumi, “Love’s Confusing Joy”
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There is nourishment like bread
that feeds one part of your life,
nourishment like light for another.

There are many rules about restraint
with the former, but only one rule
for the latter, Never Be Satisfied.

East and drink the soul substance
as a wick does with the oil it soaks in.
Give light to the company.

Rumi, “As A Wick Does”
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Hafiz :
“As the intelligence of the human race evolves
all the competing - campaigning as it were -
religions will be viewed differently.

One will see they are all basically contestants
in a beauty pageant,

and the religion that can make your own
beauty most known will win your most respect.

Hafiz, “Campaigning Religions”
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DIG Deep!

@brenebrown shares that men and women who live wholeheartedly do indeed DIG Deep.
When they’re exhausted and overwhelmed, they get:

Deliberate in their thoughts and behaviors through prayer, meditation, or simply setting their intentions;

Inspired to make new and different choices;

Going. They take action!

…so you too should DIG Deep
- get deliberate, inspired and going!

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Wholehearted Living?

@brenebrown writes that wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.
It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.”
It’s going to bed at night thinking. “Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”

Do you believe in living wholeheartedly?
Do you think that Brene’s prescription is readily available to the masses?

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Careers: so what do YOU do?

Theologian Howard Thurman once stated, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; … who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

Theodore Roosevelt
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A donkey turning a millstone is not trying
to press oil from sesame seed. He is fleeing the blow
that was just struck and hoping to avoid the next.

For the same reason, the ox takes a load
of baggage wherever you want him to.
Shopkeepers work for themselves,
not for the flow of communal exchange.

We look to ease our pain, and this keeps civilization
moving along. Fear is the architect here.
Fear keeps us working near the ark.

Some human beings are safe havens.
Be companions with them. Others may seem to be friends,
but they are really consuming your essence
like donkeys lapping sherbet. Detach from them,
and feel your flexibility returning.
The inner moisture that let’s you bend
into a basket handle is a quickening inside
that no one is ever afraid of.

Sometimes though, it is fear, a contacting,
that brings you into the presence.

Rumi, “The Uses of Fear”
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"Who is luckiest in this whole orchestra? The reed.
It’s mouth touches your lips to learn music.
All reeds, sugarcane especially, think only
of this chance. They sway in the canebrake,
free in the many ways they dance.

Without you the instruments would die.
One sits close beside you. Another takes a long kiss.
The tambourine begs, TOUCH MY SKIN, SO I CAN BE MYSELF.
Let me feel you enter each limb bone by bone,
that what died last night can be whole today.

Why live some soberer way and feel you ebbing out?
I won’t do it.
Either give me enough wine or leave me alone,
now that I know how it is
to be with you in a constant conversation.

Rumi, “Constant Conservation”
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The words RENOUNCE and DISCIPLINE were making the rounds and causing trouble, as some might expect.

Some newlyweds came to me to discuss the threat this posed.

They looked at me with serious faces and sincerely asked,

'Does God want us to renounce the sweet pleasures our bodies and the earth may give?'

And I replied, ‘Do what most enables you to fly, and brings a feeling to the heart that makes you glad to be alive.’

My guests then said, ‘Is it really that simple?’

And I said, ‘Why not?’

Hafiz, “Making the Rounds and Causing Trouble”
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“Crying out loud and weeping are great resources.
A nursing mother, all she does
is wait to hear her child.

Just a little beginning-whimper
and she’s there.

Cry out. Do not be stolid and silent
with your pain. Lament,
and let the milk of loving flow into you.

The hard rain and the wind
are ways the cloud has
to take care of us.

Rumi, “Cry Out”
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There are many guises for intelligence.
One part of you is gliding in a high windstream,
while your more ordinary notions
take little steps and peck at the ground.

Conventional knowledge is death to our souls,
and it is not really ours. It is laid on.
Yet we keep saying we find “rest” in these “beliefs.”

We must become ignorant of what we have been taught
and be instead bewildered.

Run from what is profitable and comfortable.
Distrust anyone who praises you.
Give your investment money, and the interest
on the capital, to those who are actually destitute.

Forget safety. Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.
I have tried prudent planning long enough.
From now on, I’ll be mad.

Rumi, “Bewilderment”
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