Growing up with my dad with 4 other sisters has been fun and eventful. There’s this special connection between Kuntu (my dad) and I. We bond so very well and I’m a striking resemblance of him. He’s been both a great dad and a friend to me and I’m glad to share some vital lessons I’ve learnt from him over the years.

1.”The sun will not wait for you.”

Boy! Kuntu has said this to me times without number. He normally sounds this gentle “warning-reminder” when I procrastinate. I remember how I dreaded cleaning my sneakers. I would while away time till the sun(which is supposed to dry them) almost went down.

I didn’t only learn this verbally from dad, I did from his actions too. Procrastination is the least of his favourite words. He would always do the things he needs to get done. And what I admired about this is he doesn’t stop when he is tired, he stops when its done.

This is a very vital lesson in personal development, business, academics, productivity and most areas of life. After all, who does time and tide wait for?

2. Orderliness.

No one beats Kuntu with orderliness in my home. You wouldn’t enjoy living with him if you are a scattered-brain. His clothes, documents, shoes, cap and everything is always neatly packed in their place. Nothing of his is placed just anywhere; he wouldn’t and you dare not.

As a woman, this has helped me a great deal in most areas of my life. And I can’t wait to instil this value in my kids too.

3. Giving.

Don’t turn your face away if you can help. This is what Kuntu lives by and all who know him can testify to  his heart of gold. He doesn’t hesitate to help in anyway he can. His kind-heartedness has been a wall of defense for him and his family. As his daughter, I’m just a chip of the old block. No wonder he named me Mabel which means kind-hearted.

What have you learnt from your parents? I would love to hear and learn from them too. Kindly share in the comments

Mabel is a blogger, freelance writer, and a student journalist. Inside of her is a burning passion for writing. She started writing in her first year in high school where she published two stories in “The Mirror”, a Ghanaian weekly newspaper. She wrote several articles for the “Echoes of OLA” her high school yearly magazine.