Today is Father's Day and tomorrow we will be making our trip to the hospital to welcome our new baby.

Ryan is coming to 3 years and 5 months old. In Ryan, we have been blessed with a wonderful child. He is always happy. It sounds cliche but looking back, I would not change a single thing.

I do realize one thing though. In life, we can plan as much and in as much detail as we can but things usually do not turn out the way we visualize them. At the end of the day, it is the decisions that were made from the heart that matter. A lot of the decisions relating to Ryan's development were made after lengthy discussions, debates and research by Leona and me. At the end of the day, deep in our hearts we knew which were the right decisions to make and when was the right time to execute them. Some of our major decisions were made purely based on instinct and faith.

We live in a complex society. It is increasingly competitive and results-oriented. Our children are constantly judged and pigeon-holed by how intelligent or advanced they are. Leona and I always try not to let these factors be the driving force in our decision-making process.

A note to self on this Father's Day: Screen through the noise and let your heart guide you.

Richard

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