Here we go.. This year Father’s Day was a bit different for our family. This was the first one without my grandpa.. my dad’s first one without his dad. It’s just like, even when you think you realize how much one person could impact you, you just don’t. You can’t fully capture what is actually happening in those seemingly small moments. After we had dinner at my parents’ house last night, I had an opportunity to just sit on the back porch with my dad and reflect on the day.. and to reflect on Grandpa. My dad shared something that was really meaningful with me.. he said something along the lines of “ya’ know, when times get tough, most people are happy if they can just escape and find their own peace. They are content with just moving on even though others may still be hurting. But that was never Grandpa. Grandpa wanted to help. He wanted to improve others’ realities. I think he would even want to be back now if he could just help one more person” This idea of who he was is so true. Love was alive in him. Seeing Love completely alive in someone will shake you to the core. It’s why we are here.. it’s the point of it all. Love. I always enjoy thinking about the progression of things.. And as I look at my grandpa, I see something absolutely beautiful.. he lived, and loved, and moved on to eternity.. but he inspired his son. He showed his son what Love was. He passed down everything he learned.. he handed it all to my dad. My dad took what he was given from my grandpa, and ran with it. He opened his heart up to Love more and more.. he is still opening his heart up. He has always given of his time, money, belongings, and well-being just to see others come alive.. he believes in me and my brother; even when there didn’t seem to be much to believe in. He saw the good in us.. and he helped us see it, too. So as I sit and reflect on this idea of my Grandpa being gone, I realize, he is more alive in this world than ever before. The effects of his love are rushing through so many.. the love in him is still changing the world.. So, Happy Father’s Day, Dad and Grandpa. And friends, go be someone’s inspiration. Show them what love is. The world will never be the same..