When we do this kind of thing, we usually end up having "philosophical" discussions. This particular evening was no different. We discussed thoughts, ideas, and life philosophies. As we did, I found myself imparting some of dad's wisdoms to him.
Dad always told me to be open to everything. There's so much we don't know. You don't have to agree with or assimilate everything, but you should always have an open mind and be open to the possibility. "If you are always doing the talking, you can't learn anything new." Think about that one. It is the absolute truth. You learn new things by listening to others or by reading. Also you should listen to what everyone has to say, then YOU decide what's right for YOU. Since he told me that, I have tried to live this way. This philosophy has served me well.
These wisdoms have impacted my life profoundly. They're very much a part of who I am and how I live my life every day. You know how they say that when a loved one passes on, they still live on inside you. They've become part of you; part of who you are. And now I find myself passing my father's wisdoms on to my grandchildren. So even though dad never had the opportunity to meet my grandchildren, through me he's living on in them. I like that.