Dear Arizona – Month Five (Be Kind)

Dear Arizona,

My darling baby girl. You have become such a joy in my life it is very hard to actually put into words. Just a mere 5-months old and already you have captured my heart with your smile and your spirit is already such a pleasure to be around. Now I am sure once you turn 13, everything will change (I hope not) but you won’t think your old parents are as cool anymore. You already have such a beautiful soul, you are always happy and rarely fussy. I hope you stay this way forever and you grow up having a kind heart.

Well, you are starting to do real things this month! You ate some real people food, you are trying really hard to get up on all fours and crawl, and you are as vocal as ever! As for the family, you went to the Perot museum for the first time and you watched football with me! Yes I made you a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for the day!

Arizona, I pray and hope that I am able along with your mother, to raise you to be the best version of you that you can be. With that being said, as with the title of this month, I want you to grow up and “BE KIND” to others.

KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS

Arizona, you are going to come across some ugly people in this world, not in the physical sense, but some truly unhappy people. They will do everything to drag you down to their level. If you are happy, they will have negative things to say to you. You will walk around the streets and people will be rude, mannerless, and appear to just be living a miserable life. When this happens, just smile and and be kind to them anyway.

Your mother is a master at this. Unfortunately you will encounter people who because they are miserable in their own lives, will treat you horribly. You mother is a smart, beautiful, and confident woman. Because of this, she is often times excluded and ignored by her peers. They talk behind her back about her and can be rude in front of her. But your mother will take it all in stride and say hello every day and compliment them.

It doesn’t take a lot to be kind to people. Hopefully you will have the same values and emotional traits like your mother and I do. We both love to help people and never (rarely) will ask anything in return. This has been one of those negative traits I have. Unfortunately, I get taken advantage of because I am too nice. It happens to me in business all the time. I know going the extra mile will pay off in the long run, but sometimes people are selfish and just take advantage of you for it. I have helped people build their events up both physically and with marketing ideas, only to have them sign a contract with a competitor and not end up getting any revenue out of it. Will I ever stop, probably not, because I still believe that is I help you be successful, then eventually you will remember it and help me in some way.

I hope you turn out being an extrovert like your dear ole dad (I talk to strangers) and say hello to people, wave at strangers, joke with the cashiers, and have conversations with your waiters. People always gravitate towards positive people, baby girl, I honestly believe people are going to want to be in your orbit. You smile is already so infectious, it will be hard for people to dislike you.

VOLUNTEER

One thing I want you to do in life is volunteer. I don’t care if you hand out food at the soup kitchen, hand out blankets to the homeless, build houses, I don’t care. I want you to volunteer some of your time to help others. Again, being kind to others less fortunate than you are. You mother and I have done this throughout our entire lives. If you find a cause you feel passionate about, then I will tell you to start your own charity if you have the means. I have long dreamt of starting my own charity, to date I have not had the ability to do so.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

One last thing I want to leave you with my daughter. While you are living life and enjoying it to the fullest, I want you to do the following thing for me. Remember from time to time to just do a random act of kindness. Do this just because. Buy the person behind you in line a cup of coffee, buy the homeless guy a lunch, help someone cross the road, carry something, it doesn’t really matter what it is. From time to time just be extra kind to a complete stranger.

Your mother and I have both done this from time to time. We don’t usually post about it and most people rarely know when we do something for someone else. But deep inside it feels good to bring a smile to someones face.

Be Silly. Be honest. Be kind.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote pretty much sums up how I want you to enjoy your life.

Happy five month birthday sweetheart, I love you.

Love Dad.

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