Time With My Son

I’m sitting in the hotel room in Miami after going to the Dolphins game with my son. They lost and I couldn’t care less. I got to spend the weekend with my baby-boy. (David is ten but he will always be my baby.)

At one point, David looked at me, gave me a hug and said, “I am the luckiest boy in the world and you are the greatest, daddy.” Wow.  He then asked to keep the tickets to put on a wall he has titled, “Things I Did With My Daddy.” (Yes, just writing this is bringing tears to my eyes.)

I know I’m blessed to be able to hop on a plane and spend the weekend with my boy at the last minute. I do NOT take that for granted.

Sure, having the money to be able to take a last minute trip  is nice but money is NOT what it’s about. It’s about having the freedom to create experiences and memories. It’s about living life on my own terms.

Maybe you are currently working at a job but longing to start your own business and make enough to just be able to quit. Maybe you have been working for yourself for quite some time and are struggling. Maybe you are doing great. Whatever your situation might be, remember the reason why you are doing what you do. It has to do more than just making more DEE-nero.

What is your mission? Your higher purpose? And, by the way, your work can be a means for living your mission and higher purpose. Your does not have to be your mission and higher purpose.

I’m going to end with this poem which beautifully sums up what I’ve been talking about.

Make a Memory

by Elaine Hardt ©1977 Hardt Ministries International, Inc

“Make a memory with your children, Spend some time to show you care;
Toys and trinkets can’t replace those Precious moments that you share.

Money doesn’t buy real pleasure, It doesn’t matter where you live;
Children need your own attention, Something only you can give.

Childhood’s days pass all too quickly, Happy memories all too few;
Plan to do that special something, Take the time to go or do.

Make a memory with your children, Take the time in busy days;.
Have some fun while they are growing, Show your love in gentle ways.”

I would really love to hear what you have to say about all of this so please post your comments on the blog.

~Dave Dee

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Comments 19

  1. Very nice post, Dave, and it should give all of us Dads time to ponder the meaning of fatherhood. I guess I will call my son tomorrow to go out to lunch.

    Thanks again and Happy Holidays to you and your son!!!

  2. It’s funny you write this Dave. I have my own 7 mo old son now and as I think back to what memories stood out about my dad, it was always the time we spend together and the experiences we had vs. the material items he gave me.

    Both require money, but only one lasts forever

  3. Great stuff, Dave. Glad you were able to do that with your son. It’s important that we all have our “reason why” for doing what we do, and your seems to be the same as mine… “all for the kids”. Having 4 kids (2 older teens & 2 toddlers), I know all too well how fast they grow up.

    Take care,
    Andy

  4. That brought tears to my eyes too and I don’t even know you or your son! But I know all too well the experience of giving children a happy and memorable childhood…

    All I can say (as a parent coach, no less!) is good on you!

    I love how you said, “It’s about having the freedom to create experiences and memories.” I am grateful for inspirational mentors to learn from like yourself, so we can all create this in our lives.

    Thank you for the heartfelt post,
    Ann-Michele.

  5. Dave, its the exact same reason I do what I do. Yes, the money is nice, but more importantly, the freedom I get and the amazing experiences that I am constantly able to enjoy are worth more than any paycheck you could ever give me.

  6. We sometimes get lost in the daily routine and forget what the money is really for.
    I share the same values like you mention as I have a son who is nine years old.
    I am trying to create time as you mention and the time spent with family is worth millions in the a bank.
    Thanks for sharing

  7. Thank you Dave for sharing this with us, your son is a true hero, overcoming all the difficulties in having a parent far away from him, but you are too that cherish these moments and know how to overcome the difficulties. Sometime work suck us in, by reading this post i decided to do something nice with my children today 🙂
    p.s. I think you are wonderful!

  8. You are great man , dave . We should have more time with our children , more attention ,more care , more memories . These can’t be done with money but by love . Money is not the main reason but give us more freedom to experience these wonderful memories .

  9. Life on my terms is the reason I’ve never slaved for anyone else. If I want to work my ass off, then I do it fore MY reasons. Not because there is some ogre standing at my door.
    Similarly I take vacations when I choose.
    However something that is even more interesting about living life on your own terms is that ‘the buck stops with you’ which means the quality of what you share is far superior than if you were working for a merer wage.
    Since it’s your reputation, your business and name on the line it is elementary that you will GIVE more value.

  10. Dave,
    I was thoroughly impressed with your post. This is the type of post that lets people know YOU and as I said, it impressed me because I like a man with a heart and emotion. Great job and keep up the good work.
    Dr. Carney

  11. Great post Dave. I know exactly what you mean. I wish you all the best in raising your son and making sure that you cherish those memory-making moments.

  12. Dave, as a father who is trying to bounce back with a better life with my daughter, your story was especially touching for me. I wish you the best in your relationships with your son and daughter. And thank you for reminding us why we keep doing what we do.

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