Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Happy Birthday, Dad!
Yesterday would have been Dad's 80th Birthday.
Oh, you don't know Moe?
Moe was my dad who passed away almost 3 years ago.
If you go back to read the link, it was my very first experience blogging.
Pretty raw and emotional.
I hesitated to write about Dad yesterday, being MLK Day, and all.
But, it was his birthday, and we always celebrated it.
Happy Birthday, Dad - miss you.
When I was a 5th Grader at Montebello Intermediate School,
I actually competed in the Annual Speech Contest and won.
I said Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Pretty funny, if you think about it.
Ten year old, chubby Japanese girl saying that speech.
Makes me laugh when I think about it.
I hated public speaking, though.
I wonder WHY I competed.
In fact, I had a lot of trophies and medals from competing in a lot of things.
Spelling Contests, Speech Contests, Handwriting Contests, Basketball Tournaments,
you name it, I competed in it.
And I usually came out with some treasure.
I had to prove I was successful, I had to prove my worth.
The RESULT was more valuable than the PROCESS.
Dad passed 3 years ago.
I said a MLK speech 37ish years ago.
Have I changed?
If change were miles, then I have gone around the world 2 or 3 times.
(at least- and really, really slowly)
In my "old age" I have learned that the PROCESS is more valuable than the RESULT.
"When you embrace, engage and enjoy in the PROCESS your results will be magnificent!"
I believe that this holds true in parenting, relationships, anything creative, fitness,
and life in general.
Kind of a scattered post- just my thoughts on this beautiful morning.
Feeling very blessed to have had my dad, still have my mom and crazy family.
How have you changed in the last 3 years, in the last 37?
(if you are even that old!)