The Simple Things

The simple things in life matter most.
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Mike Coday Sr.

My Dad: Mike Coday, Sr

I just got home from visiting my Dad. Don’t have anybody else to talk to at 3 a.m. about what I’m thinking. So, I’m going to drop my thoughts here…

Dad moved into a Baptist retirement community up in Oklahoma not too long ago.

He’s no Baptist, but he might soon be… they’re good people.

Dad is now surrounded by so many good old Baptist folk that he recently started attending a local Baptist church.

He’s even singing in the choir.

Apparently, Garth Brooks and Trisha go to the same church.

We ate Sunday lunch together in his retirement cafeteria along with my wife and kids… and with my Sister and her kids. I had the Turkey with cranberries.

Met a retired preacher 93 years old with a full head of hair. He was working in the cafeteria… bussing tables to pay for his lunch. Great sense of humor and incredibly sharp. He spent a few minutes greeting my family and spreading his infectious joy.

Sitting at the table with my family while looking at my Dad, it dawned on me… one day it could be me sitting in a retirement home’s cafeteria so happy to have my kids and grandkids visit me for a few Sunday minutes.

In that moment… for a few fleeting seconds… I wasn’t worried about getting back to work, paying the bills, driving a nicer truck, or climbing the proverbial ladder of success.

The only thing that mattered was the only thing that mattered. Family. Loved ones. A simple prayer of thanksgiving whispered from my Father’s lips over our meal and for our time together.

Simple things matter.
Moments matter.
Love matters.

Zig Ziglar

I joke a lot about Zig Ziglar’s quote: “Money ain’t everything, but it’s right up there with breathing.”

Zig’s right, but there’s other things besides money that are right up there with breathing… things that make breathing worth it… worth taking that next breath.

It’s the simple moments with the people you love… that’s what matters.

Chasing dollars will cause you to miss the most valuable things in your life. Soccer games, family meals, birthday parties… these are the simple things that make life worth living.

We need each other so desperately.

Your family needs you more than they need more stuff.


About The Author

Mike Coday

Mike is a retired youth pastor turned marketing consultant, author, speaker, sales trainer, and sentimental family man. His expertise is internet marketing...and bad Dad jokes.

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  • tony

    Reply Reply April 10, 2012

    Doesnt get any more real then what you are saying. No matter where you are, knocking in your neighborhood or knocking in a different state, your family needs to know that you do it for them and would drop it all in a hearbeat to race home for anything they deem inportant. “keep on keepin on with the awesome words of wisdom Mike!”

  • Tony

    Reply Reply February 21, 2012

    Right on, Mike! Thank you for sharing this. “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing”, and you hit it on the nail. Grazie.

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