Hope your weekend is going great so far. This will be an abbreviated post. I am currently in New Orleans on a drive back to Florida from Texas.
I try to do a post each day, no matter how short or simple it may be. At the same time, I don't believe in writing a post just for the purpose of writing one. The vision for The Upbeat Dad is way too vast for me to make meaningless posts.
Just know that whether I make a one paragraph post or an extended one, I count it a privilege to share thoughts with you that I believe will ultimately make you a more effective father. And if you happen to be a non-father but you share our vision to see kids' lives positively impacted by their dads and father figures, also know that I value you greatly and will always try to share words to uplift and encourage you.
Having said this, let me say that on the way back from Texas, our family and extended family decided to make a brief stop in New Orleans. And that stop has had such a profound effect on me - so profound that I think there needs to be a separate post on it.
So this coming Monday, I will be writing about it. The essence of that post will be that the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and pretty much written off. But today, as we toured the French Quarters and the city, New Orleans is quite alive.
I think some of you are like this great city - written off, left for dead but you refused to sit back and let your obituary be written. Whether you went through a tough divorce or you had a huge financial setback as a provider, you may very well have been written off. But yet you're still standing.
Anyway, I won't give away the entire post here. Look out for it this coming Monday. It's gonna be powerful and I really believe that there will be a life lesson in it for each of us.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Stay upbeat and we'll "speak" soon.
The Upbeat Dad