Much of what I learned of life
I learned from loving Dad.
How to smile when things were hard.
How to care for a stranger.
How to be patient but firm,
To be honest but kind.
That you can have the wind knocked out of you,
The world worked out of you,
And still get back up,
To do what you need to do.
How to work hard.
How to play hard.
How to dream hard.
How to laugh,
That heaven can be held in your hands.
That friend and family are two words for the same thing.
That God is present in the presence of others.
That you cannot put time in a box.
That our hours do not last very long.
That you cannot dream your days away.
There is no changing what was;
There are no might-have-beens.
It is what it is.
There never seems to be enough time
To do the things
That make a life worth living.
Do what you need to do.
Those things that make life worth living—
goodness, love, joy, peace—
Those are the things that real dreams are made of.
That what you need to be—be it together.
What you need to have—share it together.
What you need to do—do it together.