I zoomed into Fatherhood fairly abruptly about two and a half years ago. When my wife and I married I inherited four step-kids, at the time ranging in ages from 7 to 12. A 12-year-old boy, two 10-year-old twin girls, and a 7-year-old girl. We added one to the mix soon after the wedding. Our girl was born two years ago tomorrow, six months after we were married. I know, I know, the math doesn’t add up. She was born three and a half months early and, ironically, she was the first child of ours that I actually met. It would take us another year before I met the boy, and about six months after that before I officially met the other three girls.
They are all very different, with flashes of similarities, of course. I wouldn’t want to single any of them out with whatever advice I might be able to give to them right now, because most of the advice that comes to mind is for each of them, individually. But, I do believe there is one piece of advice I can give to them all, at the same time.
If you want to lead a happy life
If you want to lead a fulfilling life
If you want to lead a successful life
If you want to lead an abundant life
If you want to lead a purposeful life
If you want to lead an adventurous life
If you want to lead any kind of life that gives meaning and joy to yourself and others around you, you only need to do one thing, and one thing alone.
Try to be good
Try to be better
Try to be better than you were yesterday
Try to be the best
Try to be the best you, you can be
Try to help others
Try to help yourself