My father died last week.
On July 4th, 2011, he was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. The disease spread and took his life. I have been getting texts, Facebook messages and wall posts all day and night from friends and family expressing their condolences.
“I’m so sorry, Alex.”
“I’m sorry for your loss.”
“I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.”
“I’m really sorry about your dad”
“I wish there was something I could do…”
I, like any son, want to remember the best of my father, but he was nothing particularly press worthy. He wasn’t an award winning author. He never met the President. He was no war hero. But what my dad did do was keep a promise. If he said he was going to do it, it would certainly be done. My dad wasn’t too fond of excuses.
Too often we make promises, little and big, that we do not honor. A promise to your Dad. A promise to yourself. It becomes easy to say “I’ll get to it” or “tomorrow.”
I want to remember my Dad and the promises he kept. I want to help others remember their commitments. Because I said I would is an organization dedicated to helping people keep their promises.
Dad, I love you very much. We miss you. I promise to find a way to remember you, because I said I would.