Unfortunately, I know this will sound horribly familiar to most of you and this is why something has to change…
Just think about it for a second and ask yourself these questions: how many times have I told myself that I could have been nicer to my parents?
What is preventing me from calling them more often?
Maybe I could have been more cheerful and cared a bit more about what’s going on in their life?
Sadly, the answer to those questions is always the same. You and I use it all the time: “I will do a better job next time, I promise.” Why is it that we can’t keep this one promise and keep postponing thing until tomorrow?
Our parents are the very people who gave us life, our names, our values and who helped us become who we are today. Your parents are the ones who took care of you when you were sick, sad or frightened at night when you were a kid. Above all, your parents are the ones who will always love you no matter what and who will always be there for you when you need them.
No matter how hard you try, you cannot make up for lost time because when a moment is gone, you cannot get it back. Do you want to wake up one day and cry over the time you COULD HAVE spent with your parents?
At some point in our life, we all come to the realization that our parents might not be around forever and that there are so many things we haven’t told them or done with them.
Take me for example, I am terrible at showing my emotions to my loved ones even though I deeply love them. I don’t even remember the last time I told my parents I loved them. As a matter of fact, I don’t even remember ever telling it to my dad and that breaks my heart. You know how some men are right? We mean it, but we have a hard time expressing it.
I don’t want to want to wait until it is too late and we all should do the same. Today for the very first time, I realize that my parents have been there for the most important moments of my life (good or bad) but I haven’t done the same for them. Have you? If the answer is yes, let me tell you that you are a wonderful person and certainly the person I am trying to become.
If on the contrary the answer is no, it is never too late to change and show your parents how grateful you are for everything they have done for you. Personally, I feel that there is no way I can repay everything they have done for me but I have to try as hard as I can because I have done a terrible job in that field.
You probably relate to the above at least to a certain extent. Now the question is: does it make us terrible people?
I don’t have the answer to that question unfortunately. However, here is what I know: I feel bad about it BUT I know that my parents will always forgive me and love me whatever happens.
To me being a parent is precisely that! I strongly believe that only parents know the true meaning of the words forgiveness and unconditional love. Let’s face it, when raising kids, you have to put up with all sorts of things. Your kids will break things, lie to you, skip school, fall in love with the worst person on the planet, leave the house once they are old enough to live their own life etc… No matter what happens, something never changes: You parents will forgive you and love you unconditionally.
Some of you are lucky enough to really fully understand what I mean because you have kids of your own. I don’t have kids yet so I can only formulate theories on the subject. For those of you who have kids, please know that I have the utmost admiration for you precisely because you are capable of undying love and forgiveness for your children. I’m pretty sure that, someday, my turn will come.
I decided to write this post because I had a terrible nightmare last night and woke up in tears. Yes I admit it, I cried! Please don’t go around telling everybody that Michael Wilson cried like a baby because of nightmare will you? To my defense, I had not shed a tear in at least ten years.
I have accomplished a lot in the last couple of years, but last night, I realized that I was wrong the whole time. If you have read my books, you probably know my story.
I honestly thought I had found my true purpose in life a couple of years ago. Up until last night I believed that my true purpose was freeing up time, to discover the beauties of the world, and free myself from all the constraints associated with our modern lifestyle.
However, after last night, I realized that my true purpose was to take care of my parents, just like they took care of me, and prove them my gratitude for everything they have done for me.
My parents are my heroes. They somehow managed to put up with me this whole time and taught me what true love and forgiveness mean.
Now ask yourself what really matters in your life. We are somehow formatted to spend our life chasing wealth, power or a career. But there is more to life than just money, power and travels.
Some of you might have had your differences with members of your family. I know that happens on occasion and I really think you should try to patch things up. Why?
Because family is the one thing you have left even after losing absolutely everything. From this point forward, above all, the word family means taking care of the two people I love so dearly: my parents.
Don’t spend your life chasing foolish things when everything you need is right in front of you.
Don’t spend your time working crazy hours and always make up excuses for not seeing your parents. Sadly they won’t be there forever.
Free up as much time as you can to spend it with the people who matter the most: Your Family.
I have found a system to free up around 90% of my time but, up until now, I was using that time for the wrong reasons.
Mom, Dad I love you from the bottom of my heart…
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