In addition, my Dad is funny and I laugh easily. In many ways, I see myself as a mirror of my father (and my mother too, don't worry). He is hardworking, motivated, focused, and carries a high level of integrity. He has opened up my spiritual self. Without his guidance, I never would have learned about Eastern philosophy and meditation, both huge parts of my life. Now I am the one who encourages him to come to yoga. He has provided me so many opportunities, always making activities available when I wanted to pursue them. He drove me to my acting classes--very long drives away--started my singing lessons, and has taught me priceless lessons on economics and business (and how to use Excel!).
One memory I especially enjoy is whenever I was very little and I used to cry because I stubbed my toe or my brother made fun of me. I would just go to my Dad and hug him wiping snot and tears all over his cotton shirts and I would gasp for air. And to calm me down he would always say, "Okay now take deep, deep breaths, in and out, in and out, focusing just on your breath." And then he would settle me down and by the end when I was hiccuping from the big breaths, and we would both be laughing together.
Another fond memory is being four years old in my old old house and sitting next to my bed as my Dad had me meditate for the first time. I remember during the meditation thinking how easy it was, not really understanding the depth of what I was performing.
Overall, each father brings something different to the table for their children, but I fathers are essential in life. I am so thankful for the fond memories, beneficial lessons, and my father's presence throughout my life.
Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there today!