A rough night continued this morning for our 6 year old.
My alarm went off at 4am, and I headed to the kitchen for my morning green drink. Before hopping on the bike, where I’m writing this now, I stopped on the couch to read an article.
Within minutes Harper was out of bed, crying, and cuddled up next to me.
If my routine involved going to the gym, heading out for a run, or cycling out and back, it would have been shot…
Call the gym buddies, put it off for another day. Slide back out of the best groove I’ve been in in years. The world stops spinning for a sick child.
But my routine is simple, at home, and 100% consistent with being an active and involved father for our kids.
Harpers momentary wakeful lapse left him asking for a blanket as he laid down on the couch. I covered him with the blanket, and walked the 15 feet to the back patio. With the screen open so I could monitor him, I started my morning reading on my morning ride....
Do you remember the most important lesson your dad ever taught you?
The most important lesson from my Dad is completely contained within two simple, yet powerful words: “YOU CAN.”
When I was a kid, I had no appreciation for his wisdom. I just didn’t get it.
I remember a moment when I was 10 years old. My dad and I walked down to the middle school near my grandparents house to play basketball. It felt like I missed every single shot I took. I kept whining, “I can’t. I can’t, Dad.” Every time his response was the same: “You can.” I’d get so furious. Furious at his insistence that I could. Furious at his insistence that I was wrong. Clearly, I couldn’t. Was he insane?
In life, again and again, I’d say “I can’t” and he’d say— “YOU CAN. YOU CAN, SOREN.” Sometimes he'd even seem mad. Eventually, I stopped saying “I can’t”, at least out loud. Slowly, my...