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“When it comes to Father’s Day, I will remember my dad for both being there to nurture me and also for the times he gave me on my own to cultivate my own interests and to nurture my own spirit.” Jennifer Grant

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

We looked up to our father. He still is much greater than us. Wynton Marsalis
Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. Naveen Jain
One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad. Jim DeMint

Happy Father’s Day: As we approach yet another Father’s Day this coming Sunday the 16th, I am reminded of the lasting impact our parents have on our lives. They raise us, set us free to live through our own destinies, and then they stay close to our hearts and minds forever speaking in our ears about seizing life with both hands, about dos/don’ts, and even the what ifs. I can still hear my Dad’s voice in my ears even though, he passed away 3 decades ago. Whenever I feel the stresses of life clouding my path, I hear him say gently… “Don’t be afraid. Have courage.”

READ: Amidst the Deluge: Abundant Love for Father’s Day 2009
On Father’s Day: The Gift of Wisdom 2010
On Father’s Day: Memories of Love Lost & Found… 2011
Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father’s Day 2018

Family BY MARILYN NELSON
My master/father sent me up from South
Carolina to Boston as a nine-year-old.
My mother’s illiterate silence has been a death.
I wonder if she still labors in his fields.
His sister, dutiful but cold as snow,
gave me a little room in her house, below
the stairs with the Irish servants, who hated me
for the fatal flaw in my genealogy.
For the first time in my life, I am at home
in this bevy of scholars, my first family.
Here, the wallpapers welcome me into every room,
and the mirrors see me, not my pedigree.
My sisters, Jerusha, Emilia, Elizabeth …
But Mama’s unlettered silence is a death. Via poetryfounation.org

 

A Story – Advice A Dad Would Give
Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.
In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
Retire at a regular hour. Partake of food at regular intervals.
Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction.
Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone.
When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.
Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.
When an opportunity comes do not let it pass you by, yet always think twice before acting.
Do not regret the past. Look to the future.
Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep.
Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.
Source: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

 

“This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.” Harlan Coben

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. Anne Sexton
One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man. Ben Okri
I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God. Yehuda Berg

Father’s Day Matters: On this and every Father’s Day, the love we have for our dads, granddads, brothers, husbands, and sons will be celebrated. My dad was the rock of our household and held a special place in my heart. Like other dads, he wanted the best for his kids and gave us his best. Each year, I offer an invocation in which I name the men in my family and other male figures. I offer it again this year as its message still rings true: I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin.
♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence.
♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul.
♥I send loving shout-outs to Dike, Ikem, Richard Ik, and Princewill, my brothers and loving fathers too.
♥I send kudos to Uncle Tony, Chuks, our global leaders, and all the strong, striving dads out there in the world.

READ:- Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… 2012
Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day 2014
Happy Father’s Day & International Yoga Day: 20 Things That Matter 2015
Food Files: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Anecdote for Fathers by William Wordsworth
I have a boy of five years old;
His face is fair and fresh to see;
His limbs are cast in beauty’s mold
And dearly he loves me.

One morn we strolled on our dry walk,
Or quiet home all full in view,
And held such intermitted talk
As we are wont to do.

My thoughts on former pleasures ran;
I thought of Kilve’s delightful shore,
Our pleasant home when spring began,
A long, long year before.

A day it was when I could bear
Some fond regrets to entertain;
With so much happiness to spare,
I could not feel a pain.

The green earth echoed to the feet
Of lambs that bounded through the glade,
From shade to sunshine, and as fleet
From sunshine back to shade.

Birds warbled round me – and each trace
Of inward sadness had its charm;
Kilve, thought I, was a favoured place,
And so is Liswyn farm.

My boy beside me tripped, so slim
And graceful in his rustic dress!
And, as we talked, I questioned him,
In very idleness.

‘Now tell me, had you rather be,’
I said, and took him by the arm,
‘On Kilve’s smooth shore, by the green sea,
Or here at Liswyn farm?’

In careless mood, he looked at me,
While still, I held him by the arm,
And said, ‘At Kilve I’d rather be
Than here at Liswyn farm.’

‘Now, little Edward, say why so:
My little Edward, tell me why.’ –
‘I cannot tell, I do not know.’ –
‘Why this is strange,’ said I;

‘For, here are woods, hills smooth and warm:
There surely must one reason be
Why you would change sweet Liswyn farm
For Kilve by the green sea.’

At this, my boy hung down his head,
He blushed with shame, nor made reply;
And three times to the child I said,
‘Why, Edward, tell me why?’

His head he raised – there was in sight,
It caught his eye, he saw it plain –
Upon the house-top, glittering bright,
A broad and gilded vane.

Then did the boy his tongue unlock,
And eased his mind with this reply:
‘At Kilve there was no weather-cock;
And that’s the reason why.’

O dearest, dearest boy! my heart
For better lore would seldom yearn,
Could I but teach the hundredth part
Of what from thee I learn. Via interestinglisterature.com

A Story – The Boat Of Life
“The boat is coming to take me home because I have failed in my studies here at the monastery,” said the boy to his teacher. “What can I say to my family?”
“Say that you did your best and that is as much as anyone can do,” answered the teacher.
“But I wanted to be a famous monk and teach others.”
“You can.”
“How?” asked the sad boy.
“Live from your heart. I will show you. Do you see that boat making its way across the lake with the sun setting behind it?”
“Yes.”
“Do you see its wake spreading across the lake?
See how the boat looks like the apex of a golden triangle as the wake fans out from its bow.”
“Sort of.”
“Squint,” said the teacher. “That boat is you as you leave the monastery. The lake is your life. The wake
is the effect that you will have on the world. Each ripple triggers another ripple, which triggers another. By constantly striving to live as wise and loving of a life as you can, you can teach the path of love to everyone you meet simply by being yourself; a few of these people will pass on your good example to others. Thus the expanding golden wake of good works begets other good works. Most important, notice how each ripple catches the sun and bounces its light back to heaven…”
“Would you come home with me and explain all of this to my father?” asked the boy. via Zen Stories

 

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MAY

05/01   –  01 MAY Day, Holocaust Remembrance, National Mental Health Awareness month
05/05  –   05 Cinco de Mayo, 06, Ramadan starts, 07 National Teacher Day
05/12 –   12 Mother’s Day, 18 Armed Forces Day
05/19   –  19 Mental Health Awareness month
05/26 –    27 Memorial Day, 30 World MS Day

 

JUN

06/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
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“Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.” Victor Hugo

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday

To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship. Wendell Phillips
I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers. T. D. Jakes
My dad is my best friend, my father, and my boss. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good as you can imagine. David Lauren

What does Father’s Day mean to you? Each year, as this special day, which started on June 19, 1910, and has been attributed to Sonora Smart Dodd, rolls around, we stop and give thanks for our fathers. Why bother? Some folks might ask. Why Not!? We can use the occasion to remember everyone who plays or has played a fatherly, mentor role in our lives, and make an effort to be a mentor to someone else. If we stop to think about the people who have motivated and encouraged us, we would come to understand that it takes a village to raise a child; every hand lifted in kindness is an inspiring soul helping many kids to grow into productive adults. Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

READ: Motivation Mondays: Father’s Day #mondaymotivation 2016
Happy Father’s Day: Love to all #DadsDay! 2016
Motivation Mondays: Father’s Day Matters 2017
Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day 2

 

My Father Moved Through Dooms Of Love – Poem by E. E. Cummings
my father moved through dooms of love
through sames of am through haves of give,
singing each morning out of each night
my father moved through depths of height

this motionless forgetful where
turned at his glance to shining here;
that if(so timid air is firm)
under his eyes would stir and squirm

newly as from unburied which
floats the first who, his april touch
drove sleeping selves to swarm their fates
woke dreamers to their ghostly roots

and should some why completely weep
my father’s fingers brought her sleep:
vainly no smallest voice might cry
for he could feel the mountains grow.

Lifting the valleys of the sea
my father moved through griefs of joy;
praising a forehead called the moon
singing desire into begin

joy was his song and joy so pure
a heart of star by him could steer
and pure so now and now so yes
the wrists of twilight would rejoice

keen as midsummer’s keen beyond
conceiving mind of sun will stand,
so strictly(over utmost him
so hugely) stood my father’s dream

his flesh was flesh his blood was blood:
no hungry man but wished him food;
no cripple wouldn’t creep one mile
uphill to only see him smile.

Scorning the Pomp of must and shall
my father moved through dooms of feel;
his anger was as right as rain
his pity was as green as grain

septembering arms of year extend
yes humbly wealth to foe and friend
than he to foolish and to wise
offered immeasurable is

proudly and(by octobering flame
beckoned)as earth will downward climb,
so naked for immortal work
his shoulders marched against the dark

his sorrow was as true as bread:
no liar looked him in the head;
if every friend became his foe
he’d laugh and build a world with snow.

My father moved through theys of we,
singing each new leaf out of each tree
(and every child was sure that spring
danced when she heard my father sing)

then let men kill which cannot share,
let blood and flesh be mud and mire,
scheming imagine, passion willed,
freedom a drug that’s bought and sold

giving to steal and cruel kind,
a heart to fear, to doubt a mind,
to differ a disease of same,
conform the pinnacle of am

though dull were all we taste as bright,
bitter all utterly things sweet,
maggoty minus and dumb death
all we inherit, all bequeath

and nothing quite so least as truth
— I say though hate was why men breathe–
because my Father lived his soul
love is the whole and more than all
E. E. Cummings via poemhunter.com

 

A Story – Become A Lake (Advice a dad would give)
An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining, and so, one morning, he sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked.
“Bitter,” spit the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake, and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Much fresher,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man.
At this, the master sat beside the young man who so reminded him of himself and took his hands, offering, “The pain of life is pure salt, no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things… Stop being a glass. Become a lake.” Source  The Little Zen Companion

 

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172 Comments leave one →
  1. Michael David Oyco permalink
    11/06/2019 12:41 am

    They have sacrificed a lot which we mostly do not see so celebrating this day should be treasured and not be taken for granted.

  2. minimalistmiri permalink
    11/06/2019 1:29 am

    I love all the beautiful poems and writings, and the idea of an invocation to your late father is such a beautiful and moving tribute. I live overseas, so I won’t get to be with my dad for father’s day in person, but will be sending lots of love to my dad and grandfathers this Father’s day!

  3. monidipa51 permalink
    11/06/2019 7:24 am

    Lovely poems.. Children want to make their fathers proud, and an involved father promotes inner growth and strength. Studies have shown that when fathers are affectionate and supportive, it greatly affects a child’s cognitive and social development. It also instills an overall sense of well-being and self confidence.

  4. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    11/06/2019 10:27 am

    Father’s day is always hard for me. My father passed away when I was very young and because my birthday falls so close to Father’s day, he always told me that I was his best Father’s day gift. It’s a good memory I carry from him.

  5. Stephanie permalink
    11/06/2019 11:38 am

    I have no problem celebrating Father’s Day. It’s a wonderful reminder of the loving and caring men we have in our lives. It may not always be someone’s biological Father, but anyone who is a father-figure. I am so lucky to have the amazing dad I have, and my boys have an amazing father in my husband. I also celebrate my father-in-law who raised the man I love, and also my brother-in-law who is a great father to my nephews. It isn’t about gifts and the “Hallmark holiday” but about honoring those who have helped shape us to the person we are today.

  6. Paula Stewart permalink
    11/06/2019 12:08 pm

    My Dad has always worked hard and was ever so patient with me. I don’t know how because I sure do test him as I got older. But no matter how big and grown I thought I was, I always wanted to be right there at his elbow watching and learning as he worked on cars, built furniture, welded, it didn’t matter. I idolized him then and still do today.

  7. Kate Murray permalink
    11/06/2019 12:52 pm

    I think father’s make their children feel worthy, and the day is a grand way to honor all the inspiring dads out there, past and present. I always view my own father as one who shines with integrity, character, and vision. I still aspire to be like him. Then when I had children of my own, I saw my husband in the same way. Dads give us a place to feel accepted, hopeful and at peace all at the same time. We should all pause, especially on Father’s Day, to express our gratitude for all the inspiring men in our lives. Thanks for sharing your poems!

  8. Eileen M Loya permalink
    11/06/2019 1:06 pm

    My dad. My hero. He’s been gone for 27 years now. Life would have been so much different if I had the chance to grow up with him to guide me. I have a special song for my dad. This song really resonates with me as the lyrics seem to be all about my dad and me. If you have time you can search for the song and listen to it too. Its title is “You Can Let Go Now Daddy” and the artist is Crystal Shawanda.

  9. A Nation of Moms permalink
    11/06/2019 3:42 pm

    I didn’t grow up with a dad in my life, so I am happy that my kids have a father to look up to. Looking forward to celebrating this weekend.

  10. themimiodyssey permalink
    11/06/2019 4:54 pm

    Really loved this. I think Mother’s Day receives quite a lot more attention than Father’s Day and even I am guilty of this at times. Thank you for the gentle reminder.

  11. Bibimbea permalink
    11/06/2019 5:07 pm

    Wonderful! Truly our fathers mean the world to us. They’ve sacrificed so much, they deserve all the love we give 🙂

  12. Wren Marie permalink
    11/06/2019 6:45 pm

    I never really got to spend Father’s Day with my dad before when I was a child. Now as an adult I look forward to it and it is something I can do with him and my children.

  13. Geraline Batarra permalink
    11/06/2019 8:13 pm

    I’m glad that father’s day is celebrated now as much as mother’s day. We shouldn’t really forget a Father’s sacrifice, it really matters.

  14. twinspirationalparties permalink
    11/06/2019 9:28 pm

    I really admire fathers that are so responsible, glad that theirs a recognitions like this..

  15. Djebe Laws (@DjebeLaws) permalink
    11/06/2019 10:02 pm

    I feel like Fathers do not get the shout out they deserve…there are incredible dads out there and I love the way you celebrate that through the poetry on this page

  16. Annabel O permalink
    11/06/2019 11:00 pm

    My dad lives very far away from me but I appreciate him everyday for bringing me up with my mum. My favorite childhood memory of him is when he’d gather my siblings and I every evening after dinner and tell us stories.

  17. Sharvina.y permalink
    11/06/2019 11:42 pm

    Father’s Day is an important one. While Mother’s Day is much remembered, Father’s Day is also a very special day to celebrate.

  18. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    12/06/2019 2:50 am

    Just a few more days but my dad’s not getting his present until July – since I live in a different country. Will send him a lot of messages and possibly call him – if he answers.

  19. Alexandra Cook permalink
    12/06/2019 3:47 am

    Happy Father’s Day to my dad as well as yours. I love this day and I always remember how great my father is.

  20. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    12/06/2019 4:14 am

    I grew up without a dad so we usually don’t celebrate Father’s Day. Good thing I married a wonderful man who is an awesome dad to our son.

  21. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    12/06/2019 5:24 am

    I love all those poems and stories you’ve quoted! I can’t be with my Dad this Father’s Day sadly as we are away for the weekend…

  22. beautybeyondphysique permalink
    12/06/2019 5:34 am

    beautiful poems, a good father should be celebrated

  23. saygoodbyecitylife permalink
    12/06/2019 5:48 am

    What a lovely tribute to fatherhood. I have a wonderful father. I shall share this post with him on father’s day as I tell him how much I appreciate him.

  24. sdamasceno permalink
    12/06/2019 7:24 am

    My dad is such an important person in my life and I look forward to celebrating him every year.

  25. Holly Lasha permalink
    12/06/2019 7:38 am

    I’m fortunate enough to get to spend Father’s Day with both my dad and my husband this year. Wonderful day for wonderful dads.

  26. Deborah permalink
    12/06/2019 7:39 am

    I really enjoyed reading these poems and stories! I really loved the William Wordsworth poem especially! I’m sending it to my dad because he would love it too!

  27. Christina B. permalink
    12/06/2019 8:16 am

    So many beautiful words celebrating fathers!

  28. NaturalBeautyAndMakeup(Ana) permalink
    12/06/2019 8:29 am

    What a great read, truly inspiring! My dad is the strongest pillar of our family and on every father’s day, I also fondly remember my grand dad who was an amazing human being. We try to celebrate the day simply with just cakes, sweets and gifts ☺

  29. everdaylivinghacks permalink
    12/06/2019 9:17 am

    Great post!!! I look forward to seeing more!!
    -everydaylivinghacks.com

  30. Sabrina Must permalink
    12/06/2019 9:56 am

    To me, father’s day is about good food, good drinks, and a good game! I love my dad for always being there for me, so I make sure to take him out to a good sporting event and the best restaurant in town. My dad has always been a dad to so many, including my friends! Happy Father’s Day!

  31. Duncan Reyneke permalink
    12/06/2019 10:08 am

    Beautiful stuff.

  32. Nati permalink
    12/06/2019 11:22 am

    What a beautiful post, the poems are really touching! My father is a very important person in my life, I wish I could spend father’s day with him one day.

  33. Life Of Y permalink
    12/06/2019 12:41 pm

    What a lovely tribute to fathers everywhere. Just makes me appreciate my father even more!

  34. daniella permalink
    12/06/2019 1:04 pm

    This was not only motivational but inspiring to read as well. The ‘advices’ sounds like something my dad would make lol

  35. Sondra Barker permalink
    12/06/2019 2:09 pm

    I absolutely love this and with Father’s Day around the corner, it is so inspirational to read about. Thank you for sharing the poem and story!

  36. Chris Bloomfield permalink
    12/06/2019 5:40 pm

    These are some really motivational stories and quotes. Our parent are a big part of our lives no matter what and we need to appreciate what they have done for us. Thank you for sharing these stories.

  37. Surekha Busa permalink
    12/06/2019 6:58 pm

    Such a wonderful poemand I’m always excited about this day. I always take any opportunity to give my father a gift to always remind him how good he is as my father.

  38. Vanessa Cast (@MomInBusiness_) permalink
    12/06/2019 7:14 pm

    This is such a sweet post! My heart is melted, I’m speechless. Thank you for the great GREAT reminder ♥

  39. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    12/06/2019 7:21 pm

    for me father is precious. He is my role model and my huge support. I absolutely love and admire him even though we are not always agreed.

  40. themimiodyssey permalink
    12/06/2019 7:58 pm

    Beautiful words as always. Fathers are usually a little girl’s hero. I know growing up, my father was mine.

  41. Mudpie Fridays permalink
    12/06/2019 9:55 pm

    One of the most awaited day in our family is Father’s Day. Our father deserve to be honored for their sacrifices and remember their heroism.

  42. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    12/06/2019 10:00 pm

    Having a great father figure to look up to really affects the kind of person one grows up to be.

  43. Catalina Nini permalink
    13/06/2019 1:38 am

    I lived abroad for 4 years now and indeed I remember his for what he was when I was back home. When I go back home I try to enjoy all the little moments with all my loved ones. Happy father`s Day !!

  44. Crinkle Hub permalink
    13/06/2019 1:45 am

    Such a wonderful post! I really miss my Old man that much. Im sure he’s watching me up there and guides me wherever I go.

  45. Rosey A permalink
    13/06/2019 2:03 am

    It is nice for you to call out those closest to you for Father’s Day. I love that you’ve mentioned your father’s blessings still blessing. I feel that way about my grandma too, and she’s been gone quite awhile now.

  46. jeannette9712gmailcom permalink
    13/06/2019 2:18 am

    I am so sorry your dad passed away 3 decades ago. It is amazing you got time with an actual good day. Some people go all their lives without that and their dad is still on the earth. Be blessed ;-).

  47. stephsocial.com permalink
    13/06/2019 2:52 am

    Nothing greater than being daddy’s little girl! A father’s love is awesome!

  48. Chad permalink
    13/06/2019 2:57 am

    This is beyond beautiful!!! Cummings’ poem is amazing! I am so grateful i have an amazing father, always standing by me, supporting my decisions, it is such a blessing.

  49. TheKitchenDoc permalink
    13/06/2019 4:54 am

    Love william wordsworth’s words on fathers and fatherhood

  50. Livelearnbetter (@livelearnbetter) permalink
    13/06/2019 5:43 am

    There’s a great different between a dad and a father. A father will always be there to nurture and watch you grow to become an independent individual with great confidence and prospects.
    Thank you for this wonderful write up.

  51. Kalyan Panja permalink
    13/06/2019 5:57 am

    We are all because of our parents. If I think about my career it was my dad who was instrumental in getting my coveted job and always supports my decisions albeit a bit hesitatingly sometimes like any dad.

  52. Kenny Ngo permalink
    13/06/2019 6:07 am

    I’ve never been good with this day. I had an absentee dad and I’m a single Mom. I do feel happy for those who have awesome Dads and I feel happy for them.

  53. musingsandadventureswriter permalink
    13/06/2019 6:23 am

    I see some proper Igbo names as part of your tribute lol. Strong and present fathers matter in our lives, whether as kids or as adults.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/10/2019 7:50 am

      Indeed. Thank you! 🙂

  54. IG:Suetanyamchorgh (@suetanyamchorgh) permalink
    13/06/2019 6:45 am

    I love my dad. He is such a positive influence in my life. I am grateful to have an awesome dad who did all he could to provide for me. A round of applause to all the awesome dads out there, doing their part, being present in their child’s life and setting a great example.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/10/2019 7:49 am

      You are very fortunate. 🙂

  55. Emma McKnight permalink
    13/06/2019 7:24 am

    What a lovely post! I hope everyone has a great fathers day!

  56. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    13/06/2019 7:44 am

    My father is the man who inspired me to love food. I grew up with him always cooking the most delicious looking/sounding recipes – and then filling my belly with them! 🙂

  57. You, Me and Benny permalink
    13/06/2019 9:07 am

    I love the advice a dad would give!! we should all be so thankful for our fathers on this day!!

  58. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    13/06/2019 9:37 am

    Dad bears all the pain alone and works for the betterment of the family.

  59. In and Out of Vegas permalink
    13/06/2019 10:12 am

    Almost five months since my father passed. It will be my first father’s day without him. I wrote a blog to honor him 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/10/2019 7:49 am

      My condolences… Celebrate the life you shared and always remember what he taught you.

  60. Bree L. permalink
    13/06/2019 10:24 am

    Father’s day is super important to me because I was raised by my dad. It is a great time to honor him!

  61. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    13/06/2019 12:26 pm

    Happy Father’s day to all dads out there. 🙂

  62. Ann permalink
    13/06/2019 5:23 pm

    Touching! We owe much to our fathers.

  63. Ms. P permalink
    13/06/2019 8:20 pm

    Stop being a glass – be a lake – what wise words!! Thanks for sharing.

  64. Bindu Thomas permalink
    13/06/2019 8:41 pm

    A father is like an unmovable mountain in a storm. Pillar of strength. Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there.

  65. explorewithnelly permalink
    13/06/2019 10:06 pm

    This is such a beautiful poem, Father’s day is very important to me and plays a huge part in our family. I appreciate this poem.

  66. Hannah Marie permalink
    14/06/2019 12:45 am

    Father’s day is one of the greatest days of our legendary heroes. Sounds like a heart warming message you have here. I think it will also melt their hearts.

  67. Stacie permalink
    14/06/2019 1:19 am

    I love this post. My father was and is such a powerful force in my life. He taught me how to be independent and strong, and it’s the best gift i could have received.

  68. Lynda Peter permalink
    14/06/2019 2:23 am

    Father’s also needs to be celebrated day they care for us in their own little way. Kudos to the real father’s out there.

  69. Avid Learners permalink
    14/06/2019 2:41 am

    Great post there! keep it up 👌

  70. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    14/06/2019 3:06 am

    Honestly, Fathers’ Day doesn’t mean much to me. It’s any other ordinary day in the year.

  71. Mijia Eggers permalink
    14/06/2019 4:13 am

    Father for me is the visual image of the world when I was a kid. When I grew up father is my teacher for my life.

  72. Emman Damian permalink
    14/06/2019 4:22 am

    My father has been a great support for me all throughout my entire life. He has been my pillar, my roof and my wall to lean on. He has been very tough and sturdy but he always make sure I’m doing fine. Let’s celebrate our Father’s greatest day! Cheers!

  73. saygoodbyecitylife permalink
    14/06/2019 5:24 am

    Such beautiful poetry. Your post encourages thoughts and memories that are wonderful and good. Thank you for sharing.

  74. Britney permalink
    14/06/2019 6:36 am

    Such a great dedication and tribute to dads! I like the advice from dads !

  75. Dr. Elise Ho permalink
    14/06/2019 6:50 am

    Father’s Day means to me a time to honor my dad for having given me life and the life that I live.

  76. xclusivefashionmeetslifestyle permalink
    14/06/2019 8:37 am

    When I look at my dad. He was twenty when he started having a family, and he was always the coolest dad. He did everything for his kids, and he never made us feel like he was pressured. I know that it must be a great feeling to be a guy like that.

  77. Nina Bosken permalink
    14/06/2019 9:04 am

    I love the story about the salt. It’s so true that it’s all about perspective in each situation. Also happy Father’s Day to any fathers out there!

  78. Juli permalink
    14/06/2019 11:48 am

    You do have some great quotes and stories that I will definitely be pointing my dad to see.

  79. Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem permalink
    14/06/2019 12:13 pm

    Such a lovely homage to fathers :). I especially adore the beautiful poetry and pros you shared. Thank you for sharing all of this goodness ♡

  80. alexandra cook permalink
    14/06/2019 6:38 pm

    what an inspiring article! will never get tired of reading pasts like this! very motivational

  81. amy permalink
    14/06/2019 6:40 pm

    what a beautiful words you are sharing! thank you for this, this can motivate and inspire many people 🙂

  82. Marjie Mare permalink
    14/06/2019 6:41 pm

    Although, I was not fortunate enough to know my father who passed away one month before I was born. I was blessed to have 2 amazing uncles who played the father figures in my life. I agree that Father’s Day matters. I always love your inspiring posts.

  83. coollife permalink
    14/06/2019 6:55 pm

    it was so beautiful on a Friday night i heard a voice coming from far away.. dad calling and i saw a beautiful place i ask my dad.. who own here and he said my son this is a way is ours … i heard a bird singing clap for daddy clap for daddy lol happy fathers day

  84. cheszdylan permalink
    14/06/2019 8:15 pm

    I love all the stuff you put up for Father’s Day.

  85. raul permalink
    14/06/2019 8:35 pm

    Another Great year for all the Father in the World. Happy Father’s Day

  86. Samantha Flores permalink
    14/06/2019 9:05 pm

    Always such inspirational and motivating topics!

  87. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    14/06/2019 9:19 pm

    Father’s Day is such a precious day! We all must thank our father for always being there and supporting us no matter what. I try to make it special every year.

  88. Ronnie E. permalink
    14/06/2019 9:32 pm

    Wonderful tribute to all lovely fathers out there deserving of our appreciation. My father too is so deserving – he has given us so much!

  89. Mijia Eggers permalink
    14/06/2019 11:08 pm

    Motivation is important. It can be any simple things, to prepare a nice meal, to clean my house, to have a cup of coffee at a cozy cafe.

  90. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    15/06/2019 12:28 am

    Another Father’s Day without my dad. Miss him so much! I know I should be glad that he is no longer in so much pain and that he is with God, but I miss his guidance, his corny jokes and everything. I am thankful that God chose him to be my dad, even if it was only for a short while. Happy Father’s day to all dads (and moms that take on dad roles as well)

  91. Barefoot Hippie permalink
    15/06/2019 1:47 am

    Love this! Beautiful quotes and words about Father’s this Father’s Day weekend

  92. Heather permalink
    15/06/2019 2:53 am

    Father’s Day is such a great day to honor our fathers. I have such good memories of mine.

  93. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    15/06/2019 3:24 am

    My father is huge to me. He is my support and a friend. he makes me happy and we always have something to discuss

  94. fourcolu permalink
    15/06/2019 5:44 am

    what a detailed and well researched write up. Amazing and i blown away. As a father i super appreciate it thanks jerry godinho

  95. Mysecretdogblog permalink
    15/06/2019 5:49 am

    Great Advice and inspiring post for father’s day!

  96. Itzel permalink
    15/06/2019 5:49 am

    This was so heartwarming! I’m gonna go call my dad.

  97. Adriana permalink
    15/06/2019 6:18 am

    Beautifully written. Happy Fathers day to those who are celebrating

  98. toastycritic permalink
    15/06/2019 7:20 am

    I know when it comes to my Father’s day, the day my daughter was born, making me a father makes me the happiest. It makes me think about the best thing in my life. It’s why I love spending time with my daughter.

  99. Cash permalink
    15/06/2019 7:21 am

    I remember my father as someone who seldom expect returns from his children. When I bought presents for my mum, she will gleam with joy, but not my dad. He would ask me how much have I spent and ask me not to spend anything next time. He ain’t around anymore though.

  100. Danielle W. permalink
    15/06/2019 7:44 am

    I love this for Father’s Day! I need to share with my Dad!

  101. sudipa permalink
    15/06/2019 8:57 am

    This is such a great post on the eve of fathers day.
    If mothers are every child’s happy cradle, fathers are the stands on which the cradle sits.

  102. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    15/06/2019 12:00 pm

    Fathers Day is the best way to show our gratitude and love to hard-working papas. I have written a father’s day post. Would love to have your opinion 🙂

  103. Ana permalink
    15/06/2019 2:54 pm

    When it comes to parenting, the role of fathers are usually under-estimated as compared to Mothers. But fathers are super heroes and glad that there’s a day to acknowledge them for all their efforts & being the back bone of the family!

  104. Crinkle Hub permalink
    15/06/2019 3:16 pm

    I lost my father when I was 13 years old. I really missed him.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/10/2019 7:47 am

      So sorry… ask your mom about him and what he enjoyed.

  105. Nicole San Miguel permalink
    15/06/2019 3:43 pm

    I love this post!! Perfect for Father’s day!

  106. Ewuzie Kingsley permalink
    15/06/2019 4:44 pm

    This is a very nice read I love the joy of being a father, my father has been a source of inspiration and my courage and I will love to celebrate in a very special way

  107. lifedreamers.blog permalink
    15/06/2019 6:16 pm

    Oh Father’s Day is special day of the year! although, Mother’s Day is usually more popular, we can’t forget abour our dads!

  108. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    15/06/2019 6:20 pm

    ohh my…thanks for this lovely sharing, gonna have a suprise party for my dad, Hapy Father’s Day to all ya 😀 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  109. clydequin93 permalink
    15/06/2019 9:43 pm

    That’s really wonderful; my father is one of my favorite persons in the world. He may not be perfect but I love him and he deserves all the gratitude and appreciation as a father.

  110. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    15/06/2019 11:19 pm

    I remember my father while reading this article. I am so grateful for having a father like him. He taught me everything that I need to know in this life most especially he taught me to love unconditionally and to always be thankful to God for everything.

  111. trinadphoto permalink
    16/06/2019 1:23 am

    What a great post! I’ve been enjoying reading your thoughts each week. Thank you for sharing!

  112. Jessica permalink
    16/06/2019 3:55 am

    These are beautiful and so sweet! I hope a lot of dads read this.

  113. John Sallie permalink
    16/06/2019 4:05 am

    The Boat of Life. What a wonderful metaphor for our lives. Thank you.

  114. aisasami permalink
    16/06/2019 5:04 am

    Fathers are important in a child’s life from the day they are born to beyond the adult years. Some might not have fathers but some do. We should celebrate fathers who are present and try their best for their kids.

  115. Bree L. permalink
    16/06/2019 6:33 am

    Father’s Day is so important to me. It is a day I cherish and love to spend with my dad.

  116. nokulunga khuzwayo permalink
    16/06/2019 7:38 am

    lovely poems, I’m always conflicted with fathers day because my father basically died before I was born whether I should celebrate the day just because or should I honor his memory even though we were never emotionally connected.

  117. Kelly permalink
    16/06/2019 9:50 am

    Great read. Love your motivation!

  118. TheKitchenDoc permalink
    16/06/2019 11:52 am

    After many many years I am celebrating with my dad and my husband both

  119. Michele Dennis permalink
    16/06/2019 3:44 pm

    Lovely post for Father’s day. This is the third Father’s day without my beloved Father. He passed a month before Father’s day in 2017. I miss him daily, but holidays like this are even harder. I am so grateful for all the Father’s day I did get with him!!

  120. Lavern Moore permalink
    16/06/2019 5:18 pm

    I really love the poem Family BY MARILYN NELSON. It really mirrors my personal story in a lot of ways and reminds me of my deceased father.

  121. Erin permalink
    16/06/2019 8:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing these. <3

  122. xclusivefashionmeetslifestyle permalink
    16/06/2019 11:29 pm

    Such a lovely fatherhood tribute on fathers day!!! Happy fathers day

  123. Jacy Jay permalink
    17/06/2019 1:01 am

    Im so grateful I still have my father by my side to listen to me whining because of small matter. Time is not our best friend, so cherish every moment with our love one while we’re still alive. Thank you for this sweet post. Happy Fathers day!

  124. Anna permalink
    17/06/2019 1:03 am

    Such a beautiful post! Our parents have huge impact on our lives! Love the quote about the joy and tears: the closer the connection the harder is to let go…

  125. Viktoria Tralala permalink
    17/06/2019 1:13 am

    Some great motivation here! I especially love the “Become the Lake” story, so true. A lovely selection of poems and stories.

  126. Janine Ella permalink
    17/06/2019 1:35 am

    I love this line: “So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things…” This definitely made my day. It’s very life changing and I will remind myself with this always.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/10/2019 7:46 am

      Glad it spoke to you

  127. amayszingblogs permalink
    17/06/2019 1:50 am

    My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend.Happy fathers day 🙂

  128. Roger Willis permalink
    17/06/2019 1:53 am

    I don’t know where I’d be without my dad. He instilled in me a hard work ethic, a firm handshake is your word, and always look the other person in the eye. I hope to carry on his legacy.

  129. amreshjha permalink
    17/06/2019 2:34 am

    Hey,

    Enjoyed reading this guide. There are anythings which is important for me. Even many things are unknown to me. This guide is really helpful for me.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks, & Regards
    Amaresh Jha

  130. Anshika Juneja permalink
    17/06/2019 3:01 am

    To be honest, each day is special for me. I live with my family so each day is a Father’s Day or a mother’s day or a sibling’s day for me.

  131. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    17/06/2019 3:14 am

    I am lucky enough to have a great dad and was lucky to have a great step-dad (rip). Even though my parents divorced, my dad and step mom was always invited to everything we had going on. Your tribute to fathers on this day is priceless.

  132. Elizabeth Nunes permalink
    17/06/2019 4:51 am

    I love these motivational mondays! The inspiration you provide to keep going with the rest of the week is much appreciated.

  133. Tammie permalink
    17/06/2019 5:17 am

    The poems are beautiful, and perfect for honoring our fathers!

  134. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    17/06/2019 6:25 am

    My family celebrated father’s day yesterday with my dad and brother. It was really awesome to have family around and to be able to celebrate how important they are.

  135. Erin Knight permalink
    17/06/2019 7:34 am

    This is a great appreciation and inspiration for all the fathers, It also reminded me the joy that spend with my father and how he always supports me but allows me to have my own path.

  136. Keshia R. permalink
    17/06/2019 11:34 am

    O really love this quote, It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. Anne Sexton. I would like to recall this quote when I think of my father.

  137. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    17/06/2019 11:40 am

    My dad, my hero. Even if I only had him for a short time, I still thank God that He gave me my daddy to raise me and guide me. I guess he wanted to have a boy for a first born but my daddy got me instead. He taught me stuff that boys needed to learn – troubleshooting a car that won’t start, changing tires, minor household repairs, etc. I never regretted learning to work with my hands. Now as an adult, one of my prized possessions is a complete toolbox! Thank you Daddy for teaching me these skills.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/10/2019 7:45 am

      Beautiful…

  138. dhines031 permalink
    17/06/2019 1:48 pm

    A wellspring of motivation. Thank you

  139. PaulaMS permalink
    17/06/2019 2:26 pm

    My sister and I had a great day with our Dad this Sunday.

  140. Kristal permalink
    17/06/2019 3:54 pm

    I used to hate celebrating fathers day because my dad and I didnt have the best relationship. Now I don’t know what I would do without my father

  141. FoodyFoodie permalink
    17/06/2019 4:17 pm

    It’s been pleasure to read your writing. Very inspiring and positive.

  142. blair villanueva permalink
    17/06/2019 6:30 pm

    I am grateful having my Father, even now he is gone passed away I knew he is happy for where we are now. My best super hero ever!

  143. Kenny Ngo permalink
    17/06/2019 6:34 pm

    I didn’t have a good father. He was there financially but that was it. My ex husband was also not a good Dad to our kid. Suffice to say that I didn’t have great idea of what fathers were supposed to be like. Hopefully, this changes soon. Hopefully by next year, I’ll be able to relate to the post made by people about great dads.

  144. goldenpineappleblog permalink
    17/06/2019 9:07 pm

    Great poems! Loves this post!

  145. sincerelymissj permalink
    18/06/2019 2:07 am

    Beautiful post. Our fathers are so important. They offer us something that no one can replace.

  146. toastycritic permalink
    18/06/2019 4:01 am

    I know sometimes it is difficult to do that with my dad as he has struggled to be the kind of dad I have wanted him to be. And sometimes he’s struggled mightily. But I think he tried his best with the tools he was provided, and sometimes it’s all you can ask for. So I honor my dad on that day because he gave me the tools to be who I am.

  147. Valerie permalink
    18/06/2019 4:31 am

    😢 😢
    Our fathers really mean a lot us. They make so much sacrifice to make sure we are happy

  148. Nicole San Miguel permalink
    18/06/2019 8:42 am

    This is really inspiring!

  149. bee permalink
    18/06/2019 12:07 pm

    Happiest fathers day to every father out there trying hard to be there for their little ones.

  150. Geraline Batarra permalink
    18/06/2019 3:28 pm

    Beautiful poem, so nice of this blog post to recognized more of this day. Fathers and single dads are also like heroes. We should appreciate it everyday.

  151. MeetRhey | Personal Growth Blogger permalink
    19/06/2019 5:52 pm

    im glad that you also included male figures in your post as a person doesn’t necessarily have to be cisgender male to be a father

  152. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    19/06/2019 10:52 pm

    Fathers day can be a happy time or sad for those without a father, so a tough one for many people. Nice to see you celebrating the occasion xx

  153. thequeenmomma permalink
    20/06/2019 2:39 pm

    Great sharing! And very inspirational as well! I love that you have shared your thorough enlightenment leaving me hooked to read more of your blogs!

  154. explorewithnelly permalink
    26/06/2019 10:21 pm

    Dad’s are awesome and I can’t imagine my life without my dad. I love him and they must be celebrated daily

  155. Kuntala permalink
    12/07/2019 12:32 am

    How nicely composed. To me my father has been the pillar not letting me know when he shed his tears

  156. twinspirational permalink
    21/08/2019 5:45 pm

    Such a heart warming poem. I love all the quotes that I had read here. So motivating, thanks for sharing.

  157. delhifundos2014 permalink
    22/08/2019 1:13 am

    Fathers always share a special bond with their kids. It is not as discussed about as a mother’s compassion but then there is no denying that a father’s role in a child’s life is extremely important and actually paves the way to a great adult life.

  158. Emily Fata permalink
    04/09/2019 6:24 am

    Father’s Day is such an important time to thank our dads for being there for us. I’m so grateful that my father is one of my best friends, and someone that I know that I can always turn to and talk to.

  159. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    19/09/2019 11:21 pm

    Having a good father is a blessing. If you have one, make sure to make him feel appreciated.

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