A famous football player stood before a room of people for the pregame press conference. It was his last game before retirement. People loved him, but not as much as they loved his father. His father had been a great football player, too, and some called him the greatest of all time.
“Do you think you lived up to your dad’s legacy?” one reporter asked.
“Would your dad be proud of you?” asked another.
Question after question came in, asking about the player’s dad and not him. This was the player’s last game. He had a very accomplished career of his own. He had a lot to celebrate.
And yet, during his entire career, he was always compared to his father. He was always told that he wasn’t as good as his dad. He had every reason to be angry with these reporters, who did not even congratulate him on his own great career.
Instead, this football player did what he had done his entire life. He responded confidently, “If I could achieve even a small amount of my father’s success, then I will have led a great career. I will always look to him with respect and admiration. Thank you for asking about him.”
Honor your father and your mother.
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