Incredible 70th Birthday Gift For Dad – Yes YOU Matter!


Three months ago my wife came to me with a 70th birthday gift idea for my dad. A friend of ours solicited email and written letter memories/greetings for her mom’s 70th birthday celebration, and it was a huge success. The goal was to get 70 submissions for 70 years. She suggested that concept for my dad as well, and my sister and I jumped all over it!

It has been an incredible journey, and a lot of hard work pulling everything together, but I would do it again in a second! The response was overwhelming! The last count of submissions was well in excess of 80! We were blown away. This was not surprising because of my dad’s vast network. But people lead busy lives, and don’t  drop everything for just anyone. Many of the letters were between one and two pages long. A lot of time was put in to this by many people who dad has affected in very positive ways over the years.

Friends, family, colleagues, students, neighbors and babies (yes my six month old son Rowan even contributed) all took the time to write emails, mail letters, cards and even old pictures.

There are many take aways from reading the submissions, but I want to focus on the most important one that I identified over and over again.

He has mattered in so many ways to people for the little things that he did; he may not have even known the positive effect that he had when he was doing those things. People appreciated those things more than he could ever know, and wanted to say thanks again. His support for students in the classroom, or in the gym during phys ed class (and in competition) have inspired generations of great professionals, and more importantly great people. His love and support for family and friends was discussed in great lengths by many too.

I know for a fact that he did not lend an ear when people just needed somebody to talk to, or picked kids up for volleyball practice because it was too early for buses to run, or voiced an opinion for a son or daughter who may have needed a little guidance because he expected something in return. He just did all of those things to be there for them, and never thought twice because he just loves to help others.

And you can too! So often we undervalue what we can do for friends, family or colleagues, but those little things truly do matter. We tend to get so self-absorbed getting through the day, we tend to forget the positive effect that we can have on others.

A smile, a helping hand, or a bit of advice can mean the world to someone when they feel like they are all alone.

The best thing that dad gives us every day is laughter. There has been a magnet on my parents fridge forever that says “Laughter Is The Best Medicine”.

So take that for what it is worth. Enjoy every day and help out when possible!

My dad continues to do so, and that is why he is so loved by all those who know him!


About Tim Mushey

Dynamic and energized sales rep, mentor and leader since 1999. This blog will be about sales, social networking, personal branding, leadership, music and having some laughs! Don’t be surprised if I mix it up on occasion, and talk about something totally different! I thrive on being part of successful, forward thinking teams. I am ready to go from the moment my feet hit the floor each morning, with the expectation that new adventures will be coming my way. It is rare that there isn't a smile on my face, as I take it all in, and have some fun along the way!

Posted on December 19, 2013, in Inspiration, Mentor, Success and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Tim, this touches my heart. What a wonderful idea. I will keep it in mind when my parents special day rolls around. What an amazing blessing you gave him!

  2. This is awesome, my Dad is 86 and has been my sales trainer, mentor and best friend, I love to see this stuff!!

  3. Thanks for posting this memory making time with Moosh’s 70th birthday. He leaves a great legacy, and it continues for decades to come. I am very grateful to call him friend, and coach.

    • Hey Elaine! Thanks for stopping by. We had an absolute gift making the gift for dad, and he is having the time of his life reading everything. I found out so many great things about him, and nothing surprised me in the least.

      All the best, stay in touch and enjoy your summer!

    • You are more than welcome Elaine. Glad dad has meant so much to you and your family over the years. Stay in touch and thanks again for stopping by!

  4. Scott Chabluk

    As one of the students who benefited greatly from your fathers’ influence, I sincerely agree with all you’ve said, Tim. You are very fortunate to have grown up as Gord’s son, and you have the same personality! !
    I’m very proud to count the Mushey family as my friends!

    • Hey Scotty! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. You and your family have been great friends of the Mushey’s for many years, and mom and dad always love to see you. Hope to catch up some time when we are back home too 🙂 Take care and enjoy your summer!

  5. What a beautiful tribute, Tim. I’m betting his son demonstrates many of the same characteristics!

  6. Tim, this is a great idea indeed! For me, the core of doing things for others expecting nothing in return is what hits home. Your dad makes the world a better place. Thanks so much for sharing, cheers!

    • You are welcome Greg! Yeah I am very proud of his accomplishments, and just how he is as a giving person. It is a great way to live that is for sure. Thanks again for stopping by!

  7. Hi, I am planning to do this for my mom’s 70th birthday in July. I’m not sure how to go about soliciting the letters, though. I was searching for ideas when I came across your blog. Did you send out letters requesting a response? Can you give me an idea of how you worded it?

    • Hey Angi!

      Thanks for reaching out. We did send out a letter requesting responses. It went very well. But a reminder a couple of things before really put the response rate over the top.

      Shoot me an email at and I will send you a link where we got the letter & inspiration from.

      Thanks for reaching out. Can’t wait to hear how it goes.


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