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Election

I took my wife and two sons out to vote last night. My youngest son, at 9, has to wait a few more years before he can vote. However, he dutifully accompanied each member of the family to the ballot marking area to ensure that we voted for the right candidate. It is remarkable to me how every event is an adventure for him. He really does bring a lot of joy into my life.

We were more involved in the election process this year than in previous years. My wife volunteered to serve as an election scrutineer. I made a number of donations to a political party. Regardless of political affiliation, it was wonderful to see democracy in action. There was a sense of excitement and suspense as the election drama unfolded on television last night.

Last night I was definitely proud to be a Canadian.

Deja Vu

Two rather long days away at an offsite. Sadly, it was not in Florida. It was north. Where freezing rain and snowsqualls reigned supreme.

Today, I missed Mickey.

Me, Matthew and Mickey

My Beating Heart

The family went out to see the Narnia film this afternoon. I sat beside my youngest son. Partway through the movie, the children in the film are trying to make their way across a river. The ice is breaking up and a pack of wolves is pressing in on them.

My son suddenly stood up, looked at me and said: “Dad, my heart is really beating fast!”

Children are priceless.

Narnia

Wisdom

We attended my oldest son’s graduation ceremony this past week. He now holds his High School Diploma. Soon he will be heading off to university.

I am very proud of my son. My hope is that he will discover wisdom as he grows through the next few years of learning.

Proverbs 3:1-15
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

Joshua

Labour Day

A perfect day to spend some time in the pool with my youngest son. Last summer, only 3 days managed to break 30 degrees Celsius. This year we have enjoyed one of the warmest summers on record. So far this summer we had 38 days where the temperature went above 30 degrees Celsius.

I guess we built our new pool at the right time.

Pool time

Family Changes

A phrase that my daughter has heard from me many times over the years is that she is my perfect daughter.

I remember the day that she was born as if it were yesterday. The miracle of a new life. The hopes and dreams of an uncharted future. I am thrilled and proud to be her father.

She starts her second year at university next week. She returned to her residence college this week-end.

I woke up at about 4 o’clock this morning very restless and a bit melancholy. This is a difficult time for me as a parent. I know that my daughter is becoming her own person and that soon she will forge her own path in life.

I will deeply miss her daily presence in my life. Time goes by too quickly.

A Moment To Remember

8-year old son: “Dad?”
Me: “Yes, Son?”
8-year old son: “Can we play that scary game together?”
Me: “Sure.”
8-year old son: “You know what, Dad? You’re the best Dad in the whole wide world!”

With tears in my eyes, I hugged my youngest son. A moment to remember.

The Future

I took my oldest son out to the golf club last night. We hit some golf balls on the driving range. We stopped by A&W for some root beer. And then we picked up a couple of DVDs from Best Buy.

I value the time I spend with my children.

And yet I rarely talk to my teenaged children about the more critical and consequential challenges associated with preparing for life as an adult.

Character and values. Mission and purpose. Service and sacrifice.

I had difficulty sleeping last night. I thought about my own life. Have I been an appropriate role model for my children? Have I passed on to them my own learnings about life?

I thought about some of the important things that I need to pass on to them.

I came up with quite a list.

  • Create a personal mission statement for your life. Be bold and create a compelling vision of the person you can become and guide your daily activities against that vision.
  • Faith, family, career, service, personal growth, finances and health. All are important areas of focus. Give each one your personal best.
  • Honour God. Seek to be a good and faithful servant.
  • Choose your friends wisely. And be especially considerate in choosing your spouse.
  • Be passionate about learning. Read. As much as you can and as widely as you can.
  • Commit to excellence in everything that you do.
  • You will often have to do things that you don”™t want to do. Just don”™t let it become a career.
  • Think before you act. You will face many decisions in life. Think through them. Acting without thinking usually ends badly.
  • Manage your money. Live within your means. Give 10% and save 10%.
  • Doing things just for money has short-term benefits and nothing more. If you are going to do something for a long period of time your heart has to be in it. Or you are going to be miserable.
  • Work hard. Be persistent in your hard work. Don”™t take short cuts in your work or in your studies. Don”™t just do that which is easy. Try hard. Do that which is hard.
  • Listen first. Then talk. And choose your words wisely. Particularly if you use email.
  • Learn from the experiences of others. Even if they are older than you.
  • Keep a daily journal. Maybe even a blog. You will learn something about yourself and you will grow from that learning.
  • Stay healthy. Eat well and exercise.
  • Control your time. Be focused on how you spend your time. Time is more precious than money. Always use your time wisely.