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May
21
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As with anything that you wait for all your life, once it is over, there is this melancholy feeling that is difficult to understand. I realized in that moment that what I was feeling was pure fear. I was afraid that the special bond that I had with my son might change. Suddenly, my son was a husband and meant that he was now responsible for a family of his own – which consisted of two wonderful stepchildren who love Myles as their "dad". As a parent, you spend your entire life trying to keep them safe and teach them how to become self-sufficient, which is a very daunting responsibility. In that moment, I understood how special being a parent truly is, and a wave of gratitude seemed to stop me in my tracks. I wasn't losing a son at all – but gaining a daughter and two wonderful grandchildren in the process. Both my dad and my mom missed out on the opportunity to see their son get married or become a dad, and perhaps in that moment of sadness, I grieved for what they missed out in life as parents. "The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed." This quote by J. Krishnamurti really describes how precious the gift of love of a parent for a child truly is.
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May
14
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To my son, Myles. I have thanked the universe each and every day for the joy and life that you have given me. You have helped me to realize that my own father taught me many things about life that I was able to share with you – such as the power of determination, perspiration and inspiration. You have taught me that success is not simply a sales award, but rather, that real success is a journey in forgiveness, hope and love. I hope that I have shared with you the tribulations that I endured, so that your life does not have to be as difficult and as lonely of a road that I once traveled. I am grateful for you and for the gift of fatherhood that has truly made ME the man that I am today. So, on Myles' wedding day today, I am thankful for the opportunity for my "big kid" to put his arms around me and call me "dad". I love you son.
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May
07
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Imagine our hunter-gatherer ancestors whose lifestyle transitioned into an "agragarian" society between 30,000 BC to 15,000 BC. Fertile land made harvesting food and shelter materials much easier, and this land was quickly staked by the very earliest of real estate "owners". This land was critical to the survival of tribes, so a tribal leadership including leadership and military was established to protect it. A feudal system of tribal ruling was set into place whereby leaders would require a payment of some kind to the tribal leader in return for land disbursement and dispute resolutions – which were often in favor of the feudal leaders. Hierarchies within feudal "governments" were born to ensure that there were enough labour and protection for the land. This led to communities being born as larger groups of families were now settling together, rather than leading a more nomadic lifestyle. As feudalism transitioned from a ruling class land ownership to an even more capitalistic one, large parcels of land were broken into pieces and sold off to merchants or aristocrats. Peasants were still the earliest "tenants" and continued to hold little or no real estate for some time to come.
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