True confession: I. am. a. Perfectionist. This trait comes straight down from my father. He is an artist, a gunsmith, has rebuilt antique cars, can fix just about anything perfectly of course, and built my childhood home. My mom tells me that he, when building our home, ripped out the stairwell three times before it was to his liking. Suffice it to say that at a very young age, he instilled this strong desire for me to hold myself and others around me to a very high standard. Some other pretty great things that I saw growing up from my father: he takes his time analyzing a situation, he always reads the directions, he inconveniences himself before affecting someone else, he cares for his mother, and he loves my Mom with all his heart.
Knowing what I do from Chinese Philosophy, Fathers have this innate yang energy. When pertaining to personality, it is expansive, active, and energetic. It is the perfect compliment to a Mother's Yin energy, which is soft, docile, and nurturing. I absolutely can not imagine who I would be without the imprint of their two extremes. Particularly the Yang aspect of my Father.
It’s been said that daughters likely marry someone similar in nature to their fathers and I can attest that the saying is true. Crazy true! The impression that my father made on me truly came full circle. Now my two little boys have not only one magnificent man to look up to (in my husband) but another one (in my father). These two men are the most important ones in my life, the ones that I most admire and love so dearly. And now they are the most important men in my sons’ lives.
It is my hope that my sons become just like them!
Wishing all the Father’s a very special day of celebrating!
Blog postings by Natalie Maddox Rougie, AP, DACM owner of Palm Wellness in Tampa, FL.