WHERE DO I BEGIN?
10 – When I found out you were coming into this world I never once doubted you were mine. I took care of you while you were in your mother’s womb. When you came into this world 17.5 inches long and weighing in at 3lbs 7oz, I never left your mother to care for you on her own. I was there right with you as you took your first breath. I was the first person you locked your eyes on. I took responsibility for making you and taking care of you even when I knew nothing about being a parent. I accepted the challenge to be the dad I never had, but always needed and wanted for you. I have been here with you every step of the way and here we are 10 years later; an entire decade. The same number as the toes on your feet and fingers on your hands. Wiggle them all together for each year you have made me excited to be your father, your leader, your educator, your best-friend, your hero, your biggest role model.
9 – It’s important that you remember the most important person in the world is you. That you always take care of yourself first, then your family, then everyone else. That means putting your happiness first and your responsibilities. I can’t make you happy nor can anyone else. Happiness is something you have to find within yourself. Once you find it, you will always know how to locate it even when it seems millions of miles away. As your father, it is my duty to help you take care of yourself, your family and to help you find happiness within.
8 – You are a Davis and no matter how hard life gets, we never give up. We show up when it matters, for those who matter and shy away from negative situations and people. We are important, we are loved, and we are valued. Our time matters, or emotions matter, and our feelings matter. Therefore we have to protect it the best we can.
7 – Wealthy is quiet, rich is loud and poor is flashy. Material success is cool but don’t get caught up in it. Many people with it are oftentimes unfulfilled because they learned to find value on the outside, instead of on the inside. Exercise humility in all that you do and help those in need because even our successes are failures because they can always be improved. Win quietly if you can like your dad does. Continue to be wealthy in mind, body and in spirit. Being yourself is much easier than being like other people.
6 – Most parents like to shower their children with the things they never had; as your dad I like to teach you to work hard for the things you desire in life and teach you things that I wish were taught to me so that you can prevent some of the trauma and poor experiences I had to endure.
5 – Life is going to get more complicated for you, but remember to fight through the difficulties, ask for help and remember to have fun. Life is all about disconnecting, connecting and finding balance: Time, health, Money and Relationships.
4 – You are a beautiful kid. Sharpening up your iron with mine and witnessing you use your sharpness to find your own way has been a joy for me.
3 – A man without any knowledge of himself is a man who does not exist. As noted in Chapter One of my book Cultivating Minds To Own Thyself, “Define, Identify and Accept Thyself,” I mentioned that it is my duty to teach you the meaning of your name so that you may discover your purpose, navigate this world effectively and create a legacy of your own. So here it goes and you can find it in my book for future reference: Your mother named you Jaheir and Jaheir is always used as a boy’s name in England and Wales. Jaheir is honest, benevolent, brilliant, and often inventive, full of high inspiration. Jaheir is courageous, determined, original, and creative. You are a leader, especially for a cause. You will do well in positions of authority and will prosper in intellectual and professional fields. You are bold, independent, inquisitive. You know what you want and why you want it. You will find the best contentment in life when you own your own home and provide well for your family and loved ones. You will have a great sense of responsibility and duty. Jaheir is comforting, appreciative, and affectionate. Your obligation in life is to hold justice and truth and, if you follow the law, you can find great happiness and satisfaction.
It is within your name that should tell you about your family and your defined purpose in life. It’s important that you know who you are, not only to be accepted among the human race but to continue the advancement of our family, culture, history, and native tongue.
2 – Thank you for helping me become the best father and role model I could be for you, my brother, my nephew, my boy Carter and every other young person who values me and my leadership.
1 – HAPPY TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF LIFE MY SON! I LOVE YOU.