Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

504. Confidently Discuss

Discussion and debate never hurts. Have the discussion. More importantly, do your best to understand the other side without sarcasm or hyperbole, but in fairness to their position. Be confident in your stance, clear in your presentation, and congenial in disagreement.

503. Memory

Kids remember.

Stop and consider this seriously. Keep it foremost in your mind.

Kids remember.

502. The Enemy of Your Marriage

Treat anything that attempts to separate you from your spouse as a great enemy. Defend your marriage, disclose the situation to your spouse, strengthen the bond between you, and declare your trust, affection, and faithfulness to the enemy. Stop them in their tracks and let nothing come between you. Fierce love protects fiercely and trusts fully.

501. Hope Unequaled

Loss of hope is death, no matter how long after. Hope, in itself, is life to the dying and to the living. Hope has no equal in persuading the man, and hopelessness has no equal in his destruction. No passion or truth, no noble lie or self control, no plight for peace or responsibility for justice, nor rejection of oppression or embracing of obeisance are adequate and effective substitutes for hope.

Those hopeful are the strident calm. Those hopeful are the responsibly free. Those hopeful are the logically passionate. Those hopeful are truly alive. And if you are honest about those you admire, you will recognize that those who have hope owe it all to an eternal hope. Hope is either eternal or it is delusory.

500. What Versus Why

The young, the followers, the immature, and the inexperienced depend on knowing the what. But leaders, the confident, and the mature are only satisfied when they understand why.

Focusing on the what will leave you stunted and dependent. Exploring the why helps you grow in maturity, independence, and confidence.

499. Good Side

There are a few people you just don’t mess with: your doctor, the person making your food, your mechanic, and those handling your paycheck. Stay on their good side.

498. Quote: Your Dad on Diet Food

“I’m calling it: If celery is a diet food based on how much work your body does, so are barbecued ribs.”

—Your dad

497. College Strategy

Your science prerequisites are only good for about five years, so take them last.

496. In Front

Stay upwind of the 18-wheelers with all the open slats.

495. Quote: Arthur Schopenhauer on Money

“Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.”

—Arthur Schopenhauer

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