My Inspiration- My Dad

“Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.  ~Gloria Naylor”
I have inherited my fondness for books from my Father.. He truly loved books, and being an avid reader, whenever he came across a book he really liked, he would send a copy of the same to me. “Who will cry when you die?” by Robin Sharma was my father’s last gift to me before he passed away. I tried to be strong and carry on with life, but I think I still needed his love and support to go on… That’s when I came across this book again, left in a dusty corner since I’d nearly stopped reading any books, despite my life-long pursuance of that very habit..
Upon opening this book, I came across certain beautiful quotes in the book (mainly compiled by the author) that my Dad had underlined, and these have become my mantras for the New Year, and for evermore.
Sharing them with you:
1. Take more Risks.
2. Get good at being uncomfortable and stop walking the path of least resistance.
3. Living is a gift and we must make the best of it, every day of our lives.
4. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
5. So long as you live, keep learning how to live.
6. Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
7. Reflect on your weaknesses and vow to transform them into strengths that will add richness and energy to the way you live.
8. It’s a funny thing about life, if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
9. Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that crushed it.
10. To get more from life, you need to be more in life.
11. Start your day well. You will never be the same.
12. There is in the worst of fortune the best chance for a happy change.
13. Be the change that you wish to see most in your world.
14. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
15. Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present, you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
“I love my father as the stars – he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.  ~Terri Guillemets”
I dedicate all my awards and accolades to him. He would have been so proud of me and my accomplishments. Thank you Dad, for showing me the way and for always being there for me. Love you forever….
Lucks aka Sulekha

26 Comments

  1. Roy Durham

    that is how i try to live each moment, as is was said it is a gift. run if you have to but keep up with the moment. the next thing you will see will be something new, a prize for you. thank you for sharing and god bless

  2. sulekkha

    @Roy, Thank you and appreciate your kind words of encouragement.

    @Monu Awalla, Thanks a lot for the compliment.

  3. fantacy in practicality

    daughters are always a father's pet. i have always missed him since my marriage everyday. so i can feel how much you miss him more.

  4. FAYErydust

    Actually, when I was still a kid, I love my dad but as I grew older, we don't talk that much. I don't talk to him, I don't care if he's saying something to me or what. Maybe you would think of me as a bad daughter but why don't you ask the reason why?

    I know, whatever's the reason, it's still bad. But what can I do? I just CAN'T be close to him anymore. not now ..

    I salute you for loving your dad. I love my dad too because he will always be my dad BUT no, my heart's not going to hear him.

  5. sulekkha

    Thank you for your honesty and for the lovely compliment on my post. You know what's best for you more than anyone else,I respect your reasons.

  6. melissa

    lovely post sulekkha ;)… a tribute to your dad… topics on dads always touch my heart… thanks for sharing him with us…:)

  7. Motifs

    There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
    John Gregory Brown
    Thank you Sulekha for sharing this with us..I can understand your pain…and don't worry,he is there with u..

  8. Simran

    Wow!!
    A beautiful dedication I must say..
    Your post delighted my heart.Nice to know about such a caring and loving father:)
    Thank You so much for sharing 😀

    Take care,
    Lot's of love ..
    Simran 🙂

  9. sulekkha

    @Melissa, Thanks a lot Melissa, Dads are the best.

    @Alpana, what a beautiful thought!!!Thanks for caring.

    @Simran, Thank you for the lovely compliment.

  10. Abhisek

    Honestly speaking I loved every line of this dedication…..Any man can be a father…It takes someone special to be a dad….I love my Dad 😀

  11. sulekkha

    Aabhisek, I learnt one thing in life and that is to tell our loved ones how much we love them. Don't delay because in my case tomorrow never came.I end my calls with my mom with an, "I Love You,Mom".Thanks for the compliment.

  12. Kriti

    Fantastic post Mitr – I did read this in the club earlier. But I enjoy it a little more every time I read it : ). Thanks for sharing this with us. Uncle's mantras for you will help quite a few your followers through.

  13. lavina

    Dear Sulekha, this is beautiful. I especially love No. 15: "Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language." When we are puzzled by life, it's good advice to remember!

  14. sulekkha

    @Abhisek, thanks.

    @Sonia, words have the power to change lives,thanks for the compliment.

    @Mitr, yes you did but I couldn't think of anything more meaningful to start my blog's success with,thanks.

    @Lavina, I love all the mantras my Dad liked and
    try and live by those rules.Appreciate your compliment.

  15. Mari Sterling Wilbur

    Beautiful words to live by, very thought provoking. I know I would have loved sitting in the shade of a tree and talking with you and your dad about life.
    Regards, Mari

  16. sulekkha

    Thank you so much Mari,He would have loved meeting all my friends and discussing life and its complexities with you all. He loved socializing and was an avid reader,an ideal combination.

  17. Sogyel Tobgyel

    wow…enjoyed reading it….we lose the loved ones..but never what they left with us…and in your case…the books are his presence in your life….
    i think…i should try and get the copy of the book…seems so nice,,the qoute about a ugly beggar without a rich heart,…is something so nice…thanx for sharing with us…

  18. sulekkha

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for writing such a sincere comment. The book is very good and my dad's last gift to me, so it's priceless.

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