by Elodia Flynn, L.C.S.W.
“The psychological or physical absence of fathers from their families is one of the great underestimated tragedies of our times.” – Samuel Osherson
“The damage caused by a father’s absence may be severe and may last a lifetime. It is a shadow. Sons have a need for their fathers…” – Lance Morrow
If you are a man reading these quotations, certainly you are a son, and possibly a father. In either case consider asking yourself the following questions:
Was my father psychologically or physically absent from my life?
If so, how has his absence affected you as a man and/or father?
From your own experience, do you think it is true that the damage of a father’s absence is severe?
From your own personal experience, do you think it is valid to say that the “absence of fathers from their families is one of the great underestimated tragedies of our times.”
As you think of your father and your relationship with him what lessons about life did he teach you for which you are very grateful today?
What else do you wish he would have taught you?
If you are a father with younger children, how much better than your dad are you doing?
Is your life the example you want your children to live by?
As a father how do you want to be remembered by your children?
What legacy do you leave for your children?
Share your answer with us. If you have questions or concerns about your fathering, considered taking our next men’s Walking Worthy class. For information visit walkingworthyjourney.org – you’ll be glad you did.