Rhoda and I were speculating about Donk’s possible income sources when the lengthy share below popped up on FB. Writer Sterling Griffin is a “mastery coach to entrepreneurs” and CEO at LifeChanger Academy.
LIFE LESSONS FROM DAD PART 1
Today I got back to Louisiana to be with my Dad.
Back in April of this year, my family found out he has a terminal illness. Without getting into too many details, it was discovered he had late stage pancreatic cancer.
And as it stands now, he only has a short time to live. At most a couple months.
So I’ll be spending almost all my time here for the next few months, at my Dad’s side.
I have so many questions for him, so much I still feel I have to learn, so many lessons I want to carry on from him and bring to his future grandchildren.
The grandchildren who, unfortunately, he’ll never meet.
So each day while I still have him able to, I’m asking him questions about his life, learning from his genius. (Shoutout to the wonderful Julia Allison for help on the questions to ask).
And each day I can, I want to share them with you. Maybe the lessons my Dad passes on to me, you may find meaning in them to.
TODAY’S LESSON: PROTECT THOSE WHO CAN’T PROTECT THEMSELVES
In asking my Dad about his time in high school, I was curious if he was popular, more nerdy, or a loner (like I was).
I wasn’t surprised to find out my Dad was extremely popular, and even was voted “MOST FRIENDLY” his senior year out of all his class.
I went on to ask him if he dealt with bullies, and his answer surprised me.
He said I was never bullied, and so worked hard to keep others from being bullied.
“When someone was being bullied, I always stepped up for that person, whether I knew them or not. Everyone deserves to have a friend, and so I tried to be a friend to everyone.”
He stopped fights from happening, he spoke up when bullies tried to make fun of others.
My dad, was, and is a protector. Especially of those who can’t help themselves.
I’m asking myself, where in my life can I be a better protector of those I know (and those I don’t).
How can I protect others financially through giving or paying well?
How can I protect others by how I speak well of them and to them, whether or not they ever hear me?
How can I treat everyone I meet with care, love, and presence? Whether they are a cashier at Chipotle, a Lyft driver, or anyone anywhere?
The lesson for today is: Protect those who can’t protect themselves.
Thanks for being that protector for me my whole life Dad, and thanks for being a protector of others.
I love you Dad
Oh dear, this is something of a quagmire. Having lost a parent to cancer, I found Griffin’s words quite moving, but is sharing such a post with 2 billion Facebookers an act of bravery, of “transparency”? Griffin is friends with the usual suspects, e.g., Ali Shanti, and has papered the internet with testimonials for his coaching business and humblebrags re: his alleged income.
But the headliner at this blog is Julia Allison and we’re more interested in where she fits in here. Grief counselor to self-proclaimed web millionaires? Is she turning into a self-help guru for the tech exec and entrepreneurial-type folks she knows? A life coach of sorts, as well as facilitating connections among various marks? Her name has cropped up on lots of random little posts this past year that are similar to Griffin’s.
It’s all just speculation. We have it on good authority that the only gig Rainbow had when with Rain was HIVE, so Her Laziness would had to have been pressing nose to grindstone during the past year and that’s out of character.