Be Mindful of the Needs of Others

I loved my Dad so much. I miss him. He was a kind, thoughtful man and loved to do for others. In his later life, alcoholism caught him by the tail and all the ravages that go with it. So, most of my family don’t necessarily have the same fond memories.

Dad taught me to “be mindful of the needs of others.” He spoke those words every time we said our goodbyes. He wrote those words on just about every greeting card he ever sent me.

I mentioned to my daughter that I noticed that my dog is terrified of the vacuum, but if I vacuum very, very slowly, she calms down and doesn’t bark at it. Of course, it takes me three times longer than a normal person to get the job done, but my dog is calm. My daughter laughed and suggested that perhaps I’ve taken Grandpa’s words a bit too far!

I’ve been pondering over that and I’ve come to the conclusion that I wouldn’t change a thing. Dad helped me to learn, real well, that the Golden Rule applies to everyone and everything. There are no exceptions. And if you believe it, and if you act on those words, then you will live in a calmer, more loving world.

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About susansplace

Widowed in 2012, I am a mother and grandmother. Born in San Francisco, I now live in the town I grew up in: Mill Valley, California. I love nature photography. Just an amateur but that's OK! My goal: world peace. Got any ideas?
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5 Responses to Be Mindful of the Needs of Others

  1. rayannsom says:

    that is very lovely.. your dad left you with great words to live by. Thanks for sharing

  2. donna says:

    my father’s legacy was very similar…..but it would be always be mindful of what we say…. at my father’s funeral, the priest (who was a nephew of my dad’s) spoke the words, “I don’t think this man has ever said one unkind word to or about someone in his life”…. I have failed miserably in being so kind spoken as he was, but it has made me “stop & think” prior to what I say so that no one would ever be hurt by words needlessly. I do my best, but it doesn’t compare to the shining example he left for me. We were blessed beyond belief to have fathers we adored. I still feel his love with me all the time, even though he may be saying at times “Donna, I can’t believe you said that !)

  3. susansplace says:

    Thank you so much for your comment. I wonder if fathers know the impact they have on their little girls. Sometimes, I don’t think they do. They are powerful in our lives, aren’t they? I’m happy for you that you shared in that wonderful relationship that a good father can create with his daughter. As they say, it is priceless!

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