"It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubborness of the inorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed." - Albert Einstein

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I aspire to a stubbornly incorrigible nonconformity. The degree to which I have achieved my aspiration I leave in the capable hands of those whose wisdom and humilty exceed my own.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

What a privilege and honor it is to be a father. And more importantly,way an awesome responsibility. It is unlikely that anything else I may do or accomplish in life will have anything approaching the impact and potential to benefit the world that being a father has. When you pause to reflect on fatherhood in this way it is almost enough to frighten anyone. And yet true fathers (as opposed to absentee sperm donors) wouldn't give up fatherhood for anything. Because in addition to having an incredible potential to change the world; fatherhood also has an incredible potential to change the father.

Fatherhood is full time and live. No dress rehearsals or retakes. There is a generous forgiveness for almost any mistake except for the mistake, or choice of not being there. If it is true that 80% of life is showing up it is even more true of fatherhood. And in this instance showing up and being there means more than mere physical prescence. Fathers, in our best moments, show up and are present physically, mentally, and spiritually. Fatherhood is a full time gig that is too important to trust to amateurs.

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