How to Make Peace and Receive Your Father’s Legacy

I sink into contemplative space on many holidays. They feel especially sacred and pure, as if a portal in time has opened and there is a unique opportunity to create anew.

Father's Day used to elicit conflicting thoughts and feelings, jumbled into a morass of ambiguity and avoidance.

Today, my heart is more open. I know that most of us are doing the best we can. Life is a playground. The board and players change, and so do we.

We live. We learn. We love.

I love my father, even though I've experienced great pain in this relationship. I won't go into the story because it's not helpful. Today I'm noticing what he gifted me, his legacy. As I tally the blessings, I owe him a lot.

My childhood is a mix of memories…

singing, LOTS of singing,
dancing to La Orquesta Aragon,
Charles Aznavour or Beny Moré,
heated debates and quick tempers,
endless conversation

I remember how my Dad used to challenge me on a fact, just so I would look it up in the Encylopedia Britannica. My love of historical epics probably came from watching movies and debating history facts. From a very early time he encouraged my love of learning.

Dad was a passionate and handsome man, extremely magnetic and highly intelligent. I'd watch him wield his Svengali appeal whether he was baring his heart in a song or beguiling opponents in an argument. He had the gift of gab, and he was smooth! I was so proud!

It wasn't all perfect, but we made peace. He was the FIRST to see me and encourage me to be all that I could be.

I love him. I thank him.

What is your Dad's legacy to you? Today might be a day to make peace with what was and to glean the pearls created as a consequence of your experience with your Dad.

Happy Father's Day, Papas!

Adela Rubio

Adela Rubio writes and speaks on awakening your creative essence with the power of collaboration and community. She's hosted 25+ Women's Writing Circles, 30-Day Adventures, and Telesummits.

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