To Him Who Gives His Best

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today I am breaking away from my usual blog fare of writing about filmmaking or giving a film review. Today I want to write about a man who has had a wonderful influence on my life, and I do not go through a day without thinking about him. Although we have not always agreed, our “big picture” goals are consistent with things we DO agree upon: honesty, integrity, hard work, excellence, persistence, basically giving it (whatever that is) your best. Through the years, these things of importance have been modeled to us and their importance have been instilled upon us. Things such as:

The squeaky hinge gets oiled.

If you don’t get it the first time, try again.

God, family, and friends.

A short putt never goes in.

The quality of a man can be seen in the quality of his friends. Pick them wisely.

Telling the truth is always the right answer.

Family is the most important thing.

All you can do is your best.

Always give a man a chance.

Never give up.

Stand up for God and country.

You can do it.

There are plenty of good people in the world. Find them and surround yourself with them.

If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

These are some of the words of my father, and I am not talking about him today. I’m talking about my son Abraham. He is a wonderful, honest, hardworking man, who always gives his best. He also helps others do their best, which means between what he does, and what those around him do, more goodness comes into the world and the world is a better place. He has been honored with the Louie Armstrong Jazz Award at his high school, an award given out to only one student, once a year. This makes me extremely proud. But it isn’t the award as such that makes me proud. It is all of the hard work, the extra work, the practice, persistence, not cutting corners, dedication, and study, how he pushes himself, and how he does not take “good enough” as an answer, and everything else that has molded him into a quality young man that allowed him to be given this award – that is what I am most proud of. To him who gives his best.


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