“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”
― C. JoyBell C.
My Greatest Mission & Title
As an old soldier and Army combat arms officer, I had the honor of leading this great nation’s fighting men around the globe. Each promotion bestowed more responsibilities. Colonels and generals placed medals on my chest and one around my neck. After the Army, I rose up the ranks of corporate giants like DuPont, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Wachovia, and Under Armour, earning coveted corner offices along distinguished avenues and great titles such as vice president and director. My greatest mission is….
And, I identify as West Pointer, businessman, Washingtonian, Roman Catholic-flavored Christian, writer, and jazz saxophonist. But the greatest title that I shall ever have in this lifetime is….
Yesterday my daughter turned seventeen years old. The days countdown until I have no more minor children. In May, my son turns twenty-one. They are no longer little people. They are their own decision makers. I worry about their falls, their mistakes. I know that I’ve armed them with a Christian belief system, the finest education, and a knowledge that I love them without judgement. Each time I watch them eat, my heart fills my chest with pride and powerful joy.
In this life, my greatest mission is fatherhood, and my greatest title is daddy.
You? What’s your greatest mission? Title?