Dad passed away five years ago today. As he used to tell me, he’d give almost anything for just five more minutes with his dad. Five years later I would gladly do the same.
The past five years have been a time of much learning. Finding who I am, seeing the ways Dad has impacted me, seeing Dad’s legacy, learning to find the upside in loss, and finding so many ways to close the gap between who I am and who I am called to be. The loss of Dad has taught me so many lessons, but the greatest may be to Mind the GAP (Growth, Appreciation, & Presence) in difficult times. Those three values have been cornerstones for me.
While I miss Dad dearly I’m so thankful for the many memories I have with him. Part of the reason for the hurt is the reminder of how important Dad was to me. When I’m feeling down I need only think of some of the wonderful times we had, the moments we shared, and my heart fills with joy. I’m beyond grateful for each of those wonderful memories.