Taking another small break from my last message from Darren Donnelly’s, “Old School Grit.”
I posted this photo a few months ago and I decided to share it again because this message has a lot of meaning today and I plan on sharing it every year moving forward.
Seven years ago today, I was at the gym and got a phone call that my dad was not feeling well and was going to go in to the hospital. This was not a huge surprise to me, as my father had battled heart disease for some time. I went home and spoke with Leah and decided I would head over to be with him. As I was getting out of the house to leave we got another phone call that he had passed. I WAS IN SHOCK! This was about two months after Aaron had passed.
My father was really everything to me. He constantly gave me advice (that always seem to be right ), he believed in me, he challenged me to be a better man, he put his arm around me and constantly said, “Love you, son!” I was 32 years old and felt robbed. I felt my two sons and wife were robbed; my sisters (and Jeremy) and their children I felt were robbed. Anyone who knew him, I felt was robbed. It wasn’t fair!!!
I tell people in my AaronStrong presentations that something really changed in me after his passing. It has been a constant battle for me ever since. I try my best to live in the moments and appreciate those relationships I still have in my life. I would encourage you to do the same because nothing in life is guaranteed.
David Bultema - Founder & Executive Director