I have often wondered what the world would be like if we measured success by the richness of our relationships and not our bank accounts.

Can you imagine a world where family takes precedence over financial wealth? Where parents actually spend time with their kids and don’t keep on thrusting them in front of the TV, iPad, computer or cell phones? Where parents spend time teaching values, morals, and respect?

We live in what I call a “Manic” world. Manic is derived from the word, “mania” which means an absence of intelligence. There is a huge onslaught on the very sacred nature of the family today, where parents are expecting the educators and the media to educate their children.

Furthermore, the very sanctity of the family unit is gradually being destroyed and children today are, in many cases, being brought up in single-parent homes, orphanages, foster homes, etc., and are being taught by so called role models who have very little understanding of the richness of relationships. Please, I am not at all suggesting that children from single-parent homes cannot be brought up well, on the contrary, I have witnessed so many single parents who spend time with their children teaching them, being there for them, and experiencing a real depth of relationship.

My concern, however, is that the world seems to stand by and watch the slow decay of a very special unit, i.e., the family and we now see children who are confused about whether or not it is okay to be and grow up as the gender they were born.

Depression, unhappiness, confusion, etc., is at an all-time high. No wonder when the world seems intent on moving away from family values and morals.

To a child, “LOVE” is spelt “TIME.” Spend time with your children and spouse. The best thing that a father can do for his children is to show them how much he loves and respects their mother and the best thing that a mother can do for her children is to show them how much she loves and respects their father.

I make no apology for these viewpoints. I believe that the richness of our relationships is the true joy of success.

Your friend, Dave

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