Even though my dad passed away in 1975, each Father's Day reminds me of how much he taught me and how he still influences my life.

My dad, J.L. Kingston,  worked in the West Texas oilfields for over 25 years as a pump and supply salesmen and I had the priviledge of being his "swamper" during the summer months. I always enjoyed gettting to ride down a lot of dirt roads to drilling rigs and pulling units and learning what it takes to be a great salesman and a great man.

Here are a few of the lessons I picked up from him:

1. The grass is not  greener on the other side of the hill. Learn to make the best of your situation and it can become better.
2. Always work hard and do your best, that way you don't look back in the future and wish you had done better.
3. Always put your family first; everything else will fall into place with blessings from the good Lord and a little luck.
4. Treat everyone with the same respect that you think you deserve. You'll be surprised at the results.
5. Help others as much as you can and expect nothing in return.

Granted, he taught me a whole lot more than the aformentioned items, but those are the basic lessons that still serve me well today.

If I could give you one piece of advice, cherish your dad while he's still with you and pay attention to the lessons he's trying to pass on to you. They can certainly make your life a whole lot more rewarding!

Thanks Dad!

Which lessons do you most remember from your father? Write them down in the comments section below.