“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
Happy Father’s Day! Since we are thousands of miles apart, I chose to celebrate my dad by reflecting on the values and lessons I’ve learned from him. I’m so blessed with a dad who leads by example.
Dad is a creative thinker and problem solver. He was ahead of his time in many ways during his professional career. Many young architects in his firm shared with me that he was their favorite structural engineer to work with because he would encourage them to be creative and think outside the box, unlike other engineers who preferred them to stay within standard shapes and forms. Dad would do whatever he could to provide the structural system to support their design.
Customer service was another area dad excelled, even when everything was government-owned in China. Finding the best possible building and engineering solutions for his clients was his top priority. Even if it resulted in more workload for him, striving for the balance between safety and cost for his clients was paramount. To this day, I often think of him whenever I face challenges and try to follow his steps.
Dad, thank you for your love and wisdom that has shaped me.