Posted May 13, 2017 by jimhigley
This is a daily installment from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.” Come back tomorrow for more!
Helen Keller once said, “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
What I came to understand that summer of healing is that lessons knock on our door every day. And many of those lessons can be found in the most unexpected places. So, if you’re not tuning into your days you’re likely going to miss a lesson.
Actually, I think it’s a simple concept that is hard to execute.
I had a lot of time on my hands that summer. I spent much of it reflecting on every aspect of my life. Each day, I found myself reconnecting with long-lost memories, and time after time I had proverbial moments where lightbulbs would flash on and exclamation points would dance over my head as I began to understand the experiences that shaped and influenced my life. In essence, I rediscovered my own life’s lessons.
I also came to understand six things.
Why is any of this important? After all, it’s just a bunch of old-fashioned common sense, right? What I can tell you is, for me, the simplistic quality of this has made it so easy to grasp and implement in my life. It’s helped me slow down, be the dad I need to be, and pursue my dreams. It’s validated the importance of what I do each day of my life. It’s also helped me be content with the present—even when the present is plain old vanilla. Did having cancer play a part in this newfound outlook? Sure. But I hope you never have to confront a life-threatening illness to be able to grab hold of the potential power of this simple concept and apply it to your own life.
I loved that summer. As I will every summer yet to come. But I’m learning there is much to love about fall.
And as I move to the next season of my life, I’m going to make sure I love everything about what’s most important.
The lessons I’m living today.