My Life as a Dad and A Steward

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” - Lao Tzu

I like to believe that there is a special magic with daddies snd daughters. Daddies tend to be the first masculine relationship that most daughters have. Fathers help develop the lens that little girls will always see themselves though. So each day I make only one rule for myself when it comes to my daughter. Always come from a place of love. When I speak to her, when I respond to her, when I make any requests of her, I ask myself “Is this coming from a place of love?” I do this because I want to get myself out of the equation and help her know herself without my fears, my doubts or my preferences in life getting in the way. 

She is such a bright and shinny spirit and I am so fortunate to be able to hold her hand through this time in her life where she is discovering who she is. I will not pass along any of my limiting beliefs that could slow her journey down in life. I know that she will hear and see everything that I do and say, and in many ways she will emulate me. So we talk a lot. We discuss what she thinks about this topic or that topic. And we do a lot of playing and laughing. I want her memories of her daddy to always be of love and kindness. This is how I want her to know herself. I want her to use her mind to find out what she wants to believe and what she wishes to stand for in this life filtered through her lenses of love and kindness. I know this life will be a great voyage for her. I know that I will be there for part of it but not all of it. But that is ok, because the larger part of me will always be connected to her giving her support and reminding her of who she really is, love. 

We talk about believing in everything, we talk about love being the highest ethic. And we talk about joy, and how this is the energy of success! I know that she will grow up to be a magnificent human being! I am already so very proud of person that she is. Just as Lao Tsu says in his quote above, my daughter does give me courage each day. She reminds me that the success of my life goes far deeper than I could have ever imagined. No matter what happens to us in this life, we have a bond that is stronger than this physical life. So much so that it makes everything in this life worth the journey. I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. 

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.