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Exactly one year this day, after Daddy left, I received the 11th treasure right above. Spiritually. With the following words, —as it rained, and rained harder every time I pondered its meaning:
You will be tempted to do this, and do that. To go here, and go there. To seek revenge. To prove this, or prove that. “...flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” As above.
He brought me into this world. And for that, I owe him endless homage, and love him.
He had a very difficult childhood and life. Yet Daddy knew I understood him best.
His final wish was to see me before dying. And yet only the mature understand why we're denied simple pleasures others take for granted.
He was a man of few words. So, naturally, the best treasures he left me were proportionate:
Know what malice is: The “desire to harm others or to see others suffer;
Extreme ill will or spite.” Recognize it early. And block it. Or you'll suffer.
And starting from home, build relationships based on integrity, authenticity, transparency, strong communication, coordination and cooperation lest you suffer unnecessarily. Because everything is connected. Murphy's Law is unforgiving. And as far as good or bad judgment, someday is payday.
Support and facilitate their creativity, always set a good example and teach them accountability, a healthy (not ideological) Fear of God; the importance of supporting, instead of undermining others. As well as how to be, and remain highly employable.
Remember: “The sinner makes his own hell by doing evil, and the saint his own heaven by doing right.”
In his life, struggles, last days and sad death, he taught and instilled in me — as indirectly as only he knew how — the foregoing. And only a few hours following republication of The Fireside Chat Series (Episode 1), my big brother delivered the news.
Have mercy upon him and upon us O Father. Forgive all his transgressions. Accept him, Dear Lord, unto your bosom for his work is done. And my task is to continue perfecting it.
In this thankless and evil world, you (The Grand Weaver) send us different kinds of leaders. From infants to the infirmed to giants. But 老子 (Lao Tzu) was right: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
Rest in Peace, Daddy. Visit me often. And see you in Heaven.
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