As I was working out the other day, I happened to look up at one of the many TV’s they have on at the gym and saw FOX news on.   Neil Cavuto who has a popular program on that channel was talking but of course they did not have the sound on.   All they had were those blurbs that run by the screen.   When I looked up at the TV the blurb I saw was: “My Dad said, be humble… and good things will happen.”   How true that is.

My Dad said the same thing.   He was not flashy, did not like a lot of attention focused on him, and basically respected people who went about their lives with a quiet competence.   He definitely led by example as I have adopted, what I think, is a very important personality characteristic in many people in our have-it-now society we live in.

Being humble means so much more than realizing that not everybody is alike with their personality.   It means appreciating and being greatful for everything that you have in your life and what you are able to bring into others lives on a daily basis.   A kind word, a friendly gesture, spare a few dollars in change are all ways that you can show the people who matter most to you how much you really do care.   The being humble part comes in actually taking the time to perform these selfless acts.   You never know the difference you are making in someone’s day.

A great example of this involves of all people Donald Trump.  I read in a book that, allegedly, one night Trump’s limousine broke down on the highway.  They were by a mechanic’s station and the mechanic promptly fixed the limousine so Trump would not be late for an appointment he had to go to.   Trump graciously offered to pay for the service for which the mechanic refused.   He simply was just doing the job he was paid for.   The next day Trump sent the mechanic’s wife flowers and paid the remaining balance of the mortgage on the mechanic’s house!  The mechanic could have demanded pretty much anything he wanted from Trump in that situation because Trump was greatful that his limo was fixed and he would get to his destination safely.   But he didn’t.   Because of that mechanic’s humbleness to just do the job at hand, he was paid handsomely for it in the future!  Whether or not this story is true is another matter, but still…

I think Neil Cavuto’s dad is right.   Be humble…and good things will happen.

Always a friend to listen!

Eric Tomei-author I Miss My Dad

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Eric Tomei

Eric Tomei is a physical therapist residing in the metro Detroit area. He has a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Health Sciences and a masters degree in physical therapy from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I Miss My Dad…is his first book with the hopes of uniting everyone who has lost a Dad or loved one to share their stories. His mission is to let people know that they are not alone in dealing with the loss of a loved one and you will always have a friend to talk to. He has a passion for charity work as 15% of each book sold will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. His goal is to raise $1 million for this charity through donations and the sale of I Miss My Dad… Eric appeared on the radio show Healing the Grieving Heart with hosts Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley, to discuss Father’s Day Without a Father. To listen to this show, go to the following link:

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