“Be All You Can Be”
-U.S. Army recruiting slogan (1980-2001)
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re either a child of mine or you’re someone old enough to remember the above slogan. It was the recruiting slogan used by the U.S. Army from 1980 to 2001.
I was never in the Army, but I have watched a lot of TV over the years. So maybe that old commercial was the inspiration behind the question I always ask my kids when they do or say something that gets them into some kind of trouble.
“Is That The Person You Want To Be?”
– Derek Rempfer parenting slogan (1994-The Day I Die)
I’m always encouraging my kids to look at every decision they make through the eyes of the person they want to be. And I try to do the same myself.
What kind of person do I want to be?
What kind of father, husband, son, and brother?
What kind of Christian, friend, and co-worker?
What do I want to accomplish?
How to I want the world to view me?
What do I want people to say about me when I leave the room? What about when I leave this life?
I think the answer to all these questions is the same…and it’s rather obvious:
The other night my daughter Chloe turned the tables on me. I was being a little cranky when I saw her making herself a late dinner shortly after I had cleaned the kitchen and put all the leftovers away. She reacted to my grumpiness with a cheerful,
“DAD, THAT’S NOT WHO YOU ARE!”
I laughed and asked her, “No? Well, who am I then?”
And she said, “You’re a happy person who likes making other people happy.”
Tell you what…that daughter of mine is pretty wise. I don’t know if that’s exactly who I am right now, but it’s definitely who I want to be.
I hope that the Derek Rempfer I want to be is coming through in these blog entries. All I ever want to be is “better.” Better this year than last. Better this day than last. Better this moment than last.
I am a work in progress, but I’m doing my best. And like that great American Army general said…
“If a man does his best, what else is there?”
-Gen. George S. Patton