Will You Spread The Word For Me?

by Donovan Grant on March 21, 2011

Will You Spread The Word For Me?

By Donovan Grant

"Becoming a father isn't difficult, But it's very difficult to be a father" Wilhelm Busch

Everybody has their trigger to get inspired. For some it could be music, others like books, many are inspired by a great speaker like Martin Luther King; the list really is endless. And of course everyone has their own taste in inspiration. This topic came up in a training course we attended recently and it definitely got the hairs on the back of my neck standing up? The workshop leader asked: “What is your favourite inspirational quote?” I don’t know about you but, I just love quotes and my mind started racing through tons of them that I have in memory. I literally went through an emotional rollercoaster for a few as different quotes came to me and I attached meanings to them. My colleagues found it much each to make a choice; here’s a few that were shared: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.” Henry Ford "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes “You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'” George Bernard Shaw It came to my turn in what seemed like a couple of seconds and I said “Grant is Great!” It caused a little bit of a stir because no one had ever heard of it before except me. So an explanation was given to everyone that it was a quote from my dad. Whenever my dad gave a speech at a family party, wedding or any celebration he would always end it with “Grant is Great!” This would always get a big cheer and rapturous applause, because we do have a big family. The interesting thing is that dad was a pretty quiet man in general, but when he spoke he spoke in volumes. It was never a dull moment and he kept his words to the point so you knew exactly where you stood with him. Dad passed away nearly 10 years ago now and his memory, presence and quotes are still very much a part of the extended family. Dad was in my thoughts recently; the funny thing was even though we had a cool father and son relationship I never did really speak enough to dad about dad. Was it because he was quite a reserved man? Was it because in the 70’s children weren’t supposed to asked too many personal questions of their parents? Was it just that it never crossed my mind to find out what it was like for dad to grow up as a young lad in Jamaica? There are more questions than answers Johnny Nash was right when he wrote that song. We really do have more questions than answers. The thing is that if we do not ask the questions then we will never know the answers. What question would I ask dad if he was with us today? I’d ask where and when he came up with the family motto. Did he get it from his dad? Did he make it up? How did it make him feel when he said it? I guess he left that one for us as a mystery to be figured out. Seize the moment It was a lost opportunity for us not to discover more about the great man, Allantine. We can’t turn back the hands of time however we can pay it forward. Our two daughters and son have made sure that they have got our full biographies as they are constantly asking us stuff. Does your family have a motto or inspirational saying? If not, why don’t you start the tradition now by making one up. Every family deserves to have one and you like me can pass it on through the generations of your family to come. Remember what’s important to you Sometimes when we look at life from different perspectives, we see that there is more to life than just work and play. Work-life balance is relative for everybody. As we experience the ups and downs your family life, different things become important at different times. The special gifts, the memorable times, the out of the blue discussions with a family member where you discover that they have a gift they you didn’t know about. We all came into this world with a unique message or a song and no one else can do it like you. Take the opportunity to discover what is special about you and the people closest to you. Then share your message with the world. You were born to be an inspiration to many. Feel free to leave a comment below to let us know what family gifts and inspirations you discover. I believe in you and I am grateful to you for allowing us to serve you each and everyday! Donovan Grant is a "Honest and True Step By Step Work-life balance and Career Coach. His systems help the average career changer as well as high flier get extra-ordinary results quickly. www.donovangrant.com.

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  • What a rich family heritage you have, Donovan! I love the encouragement to have a “family motto” … and I’m so happy to hear that your children have your full biography. That is actually a rare thing, but is becoming more popular today. Have you written it down into a book? Thanks so much for opening to the door into your home and welcoming us in!

  • Donovan love how you share the your dad and to seize the moment. Thank you for a great post today

  • Michele M Tremblay

    Donovan,
    We have a family motto…it is sort of a joke, but my sons are all big fans of the Godfather Movie, which is where out motto comes from. “Never go against the family” is our family motto. It helps our family stay focused when there is discontent amongst the troops!

  • What a wonderful memory. I wish I knew where he got the motto Grant Is Great. No older relative who knows? Well, why not make up a fantastic story of your own… hmmm, that would be fun. Now I have to think of a motto for our family. Great article!

  • What a wonderful memory. I wish I knew where he got the motto Grant Is Great. No older relative who knows? Well, why not make up a fantastic story of your own… hmmm, that would be fun. Now I have to think of a motto for our family. Great article!

  • Kathy

    I can relate. My parents are very much the same way. Thankfully they are still here and I’ve had fun learning about their childhoods.

  • Nice one Michelle, I like the Godfather motto. I find that anything that helps families to remain as a unit when so much other stuff going on all around us is a great benefit. It’s no joke!

  • Nice one Michelle, I like the Godfather motto. I find that anything that helps families to remain as a unit when so much other stuff going on all around us is a great benefit. It’s no joke!

  • Donovan, I grew up in a small family and we didn’t have a family motto or saying, but my wife and I are about to have our first child. Maybe I can start a new tradition!

  • Hey Antoine, God bless you with starting your family. Sounds like you have a great reason to start a new tradition.

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