Thursday, July 17, 2014

Captain Optimism

Most girls see their dads as a superhero. And I’m no exception to the rule. But most refer to their dads as Superdad, but my dad is actually Captain Optimism. Yes, my father is perhaps the most positive person alive. As long as I can remember, he has had an attitude that life is good, and that things are going to work out well.



Whenever you come to him with a problem, he would provide us with a couple of different solutions, and then tell us things will work out. There has never been a doubt that things will work out well. He has the tendency to make a situation that you are making into a big production not such a big deal.

And I do mean that he is always like this. Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with interstitial lung disease. The only curative treatment for this disease is a lung transplant. Due to his age, 89, he is not a candidate for this. The call came from family members they took him to the hospital by ambulance. His condition was not good. He was admitted to the hospital, and he was on the ICU. Many individuals would lie there feeling sorry for themselves. Throughout all of this he was able to think of others in spite of his difficulty breathing. He did say he had trouble breathing, but it wasn’t the thing he talked about. Before I left the hospital one day, I told him not to worry. His reply was oh, I’m not!


And then after a couple of days, he informed all of us, that there is one of three possible outcomes to this situation. 1. God will heal him. 2. Medicine will heal him. 3. He will go to heaven.  And none of these seem like bad options. I was amazed! I thought at a time when many individuals are full of sorrow, and fear my father in a couple of days had dealt with his big fears, found solutions and found the bright side to the situation. Not everyone is capable of doing this. And he has showed all of us that no matter what you should always enjoy the day you have, and that there is always no matter what a bright side to every situation.

Music to blog Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Art Garfunkel


9 comments:

  1. Your dad sounds like an amazing man. Wishing you all the best... #weekendbloghop

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  2. What a lovely man. I hope his optimism and attitude has rubbed off onto you. I wish your family well. He is your rock.

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  3. What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. His positive attitude and outlook will no doubt inspire family, friends and hospital staff. (and as a nurse, I can assure you, patient's like your Dad stay with us forever.)

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  4. I wish optimism was contagious and then the world would be a better place! I'm glad your dad has such a positive outlook. Good Luck!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your dad with us! In any situation, a positive attitude is at least half the battle! Sending positive thoughts to your dad and family :)

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  6. Your Dad sounds like an amazing man! What a powerful thing a positive attitude can be! Praying for him for the journey he faces!
    Cathy @ three kids and a fish

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  7. What a wonderful attitude he has and how blessed you are to be have him for a dad. What a wonderful thing to teach and pass on to others.

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  8. He loved life and God and shared his love with everyone. Grandpa's light continues.

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