What I wish for my son

Today is the last “official” day of my son living under our roof as a dependent. He heads off to college tomorrow for the first time.

I knew this day was going to come, I just didn’t believe it would arrive so quickly. Like they say, time flies. I have some concerns. Like, was I the best father he could have? Was my influence on his life positive and impactful? Did he learn anything substantial from me? In other words, have I left a significant legacy?  Though flawed, disordered, and error riddled as it was, I think I have.

With this momentous occasion here is what I wish for my son, in no particular order:

  • The ability to be grateful for something every day.
  • To laugh long, and laugh hard.
  • The courage to apologize
  • The humility to weep and not be ashamed
  • Time to quiet the soul and just “be”
  • A few friends that will be fully vulnerable and fully available
  • A vocation that makes a difference while making a living
  • A rich faith that relies on God always
  • To break some rhythms, routines, and personal rules
  • To strengthen other people
  • A generous heart
  • Wealth that knows its responsibility to the world
  • Love that never fails
  • Hours in a bike saddle riding the Colorado Rockies
  • Really good coffee

These are just a few of the things I wish for my son. He’s got a future so bright, he’s got to wear shades.

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Jeff Vankooten is a speaker and author focusing on the power of resilience to effectively engage the challenges of change. He helps leaders, businesses, and organizations develop the skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable business environment.
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