This is one of the last lines in the movie Christopher Robin.  The movie was fun to watch, but it hit a cord to who was I was just a few years ago. 

I was the dad focused on work, focused on the next thing outside of the family that was going to make me happy finally. 

The one moment at work someone would finally say they are proud of me. 

This movie has so many connections to live; it’s crazy.  The sad part is most of them were missed on the adults that sat watching it with their kids. 

As Military Dads it’s easy to focus so much on our service, that it’s a noble sacrifice but just like in the movie Christopher Robin.  It can only build up so much before the house of cards come tumbling down. 

As Veteran Dads we feel stuck in the transition process that we never move past our Military service. 

In the movie ends with these words

Winnie the Pooh: Christopher Robin, what day is it?

Christopher Robin: It’s today.

Winnie the Pooh: Oh, my favorite day.

Christopher Robin: Mine too, Pooh. Mine too.

Winnie the Pooh: Yesterday, when it was tomorrow, it was too much day for me.

Christopher Robin: Silly old bear.

How often as a dad do, we get so hung up on tomorrow or yesterday that we forget today should really be our favorite and our focus.

This movie reminded me even with this podcast that it is not my primary purpose, that family must always come first.  I only get this day with my kids and family and after today its gone.

I am convinced that when you hear someone say, “kids just grow up so fast, make sure you enjoy this time” is really just code for they were not around or present at that stage in there life. 

In every episode of the podcast, we are consistently talking about what it means to come home, be present, and what is the easiest way to get it done. 

So next time your kids ask you to do something that day, remember yesterday is over, tomorrow is not guaranteed and today is the only thing sure in our life. 

Let’s make it count.


June 2024