A reflection on my father on this what would be his 84th birthday. Thankful for his life.

Daddy would be 84 today. I wonder what would that be like?

He served his community, his family and his church. He was my mentor, father and today my inspiration. His journey was one that could have taken him in so many different ways, but through the guidance of another, he walked this way.

I am grateful for men like RC Carr, Reynold Kipfer, Al Chambers and so many others that partnered with my dad. Some have long gone. I wonder if they are all celebrating their journey.

When I first met my dad, I was told he had a smile on his face. Yes, my dad could smile. He was a serious man but when he smiled it was as serious thing to behold. I am thankful for him and my mom. They shaped us as individuals and taught us to be Kingdom minded individuals (if you don’t know what that means, feel free to ask). I wanted to go everywhere with my dad and so I did.

Today I reflect on all those journeys I had the opportunity to join him on. Today I celebrate him. Today I ponder this thought;

I wonder what would it be,
the journey to see,
where would you be today
If your life, the last breath to take.
What words would you have to say
what thoughts and wisdom as you pray
to hear your voice again
before too our journeys end.

“The time you take with a loved one is the time that will stay for a life time”.

Its not how long we stay but how long our words remain and the impact it has on our days.

What are you doing today to create a difference in another tomorrow?

O. Stephen Peart. 2020 © All rights reserved.


O. Stephen is passionate about words and believes that words can Inspire Change, Connect People, Perspectives and their Stories to create new possibilities. A published author and founder for Released Expressions Communication, he writes daily to experience the power of the written word. He fosters growth through listening and learning to shape perspectives and bridging ideas.

He believes every individual can attain their full potential by Starting with a Word. O. Stephen is leading a movement to inspire people to Release their own Expressions. It is this vision that drives him daily to see others realize their superpower and deliver at work, home and play every day.

An avid Toastmaster and a member of the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC), O. Stephen carries his badge as a Mental Health Advocate. These offer him the motivation to stay grounded and be committed to serving the community. He is a dad to two (2) amazing girls. He is driven each day to live a life of gratitude and that’s just how he seeks to end each chapter. #1T518

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  1. Nicola McFadden November 21, 2020 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Beautiful tribute and memory of your dad. This is a treasure worth cherishing as so rare and few to many. Celebrate and be his role model as you carry on the legacy.

    • admin November 23, 2020 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      I am thankful for the opportunity to share this story and looking forward to hearing from others on their own stories. #1T518

  2. Sheldon Francis November 26, 2020 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Stephen, thank you for sharing. Your father and my brother share the same birthday. I miss my brother as much as you miss your Dad. Two great men have passed on to Glory. My brother (Big Mike) would’ve been 54.
    Love you Michael Montgomery Jones. My one and only brother.

    Love you Stephen. Stay 💪🏾 🇯🇲🇺🇸

    • admin December 3, 2020 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Thank you bro for coming by. Your brother was a gentle giant gone too soon. Thankful for his life.

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