To many, Father’s Day is either a joyous occasion or a time to mourn; possibly even a time to ignore what the holiday represents. Many believe this holiday is solely connected to our natural fathers and to only focus on this aspect would not do justice to all the great men in our lives. My father is no longer with me and I cannot help but want to talk with him again. Such an impossible thing to want, but still, that is the way I feel. I also believe that this feeling is justified because I have more questions for him. I am now a father myself and from what my father taught me, my perspective on life is different. It would be easy to feel robbed of that influence in my life or feel like a victim because we all need our fathers; no matter how old we are. Thankfully, even if your father is gone or even if you never knew your him, you can still celebrate this important holiday.
The reason we can celebrate this holiday no matter our personal situation is in the hope that men will take responsibility for their role in society. The lack of virtue, discipline, honesty, willingness, determination, direction, and wisdom is at the root of all of our political and social problems. Men fill a natural role in the development of not only their genetic children, but also in the lives of others. Unfortunately, men can not avoid the impact that they have on others, so when men are negligent, they have a negative impact. Like any other responsibility this role of personal and professional development is unavoidable and is naturally first to our genetic children, but also to others in our lives. In reflecting on this fact, here are areas that I believe are important and will work on in the hope of influencing a new generation in my everyday life.