These are my truths.
Find some quiet time. Tension is much more exhausting and dangerous than physical activity.
Trying to get people to like you is a waste of time and anxiety.
Your biggest regrets will not be things you did, but those things you didn’t do.
People accept risks regarding their health more often than they accept risks for personal growth.
Don’t pretend to like kids. They can tell.
Be satisfied with where you are, but critical of where you are going.
Most people don’t understand risks. If they did, they wouldn’t play the lottery, they wouldn’t fear flying, and they would understand that their kids are more likely to be hurt inside their home than by a stranger outside their home.
Doing something for others doesn’t always help them as much as pushing them to do it themselves.
Doing something nice is not always the smartest thing to do. Think it through first.
When you get on your knees to talk to a kid, they know you’re serious.
When in doubt, hesitate and evaluate.
Giving always beats getting. Especially in a fist fight.
Emotional viewpoints are rarely a relevant consideration to anyone outside of your family.
Refuse, whenever possible, to be responsible for someone else’s affairs/estate.
Being on time is being respectful.
At the corner of effort and intelligence, you'll find luck.
Feeling guilty is one of the worst of all feelings. So accept the possible consequences of what you do, or don’t do it.
You always have a choice, but it's not always easy.
Your gut is often smarter than your brain.
Parenting a child is like painting a picture. Do your best work early before the paint dries. Mistakes are difficult to correct.
If you wait for life to be fair, you will be left behind!
If you want to be helped, help yourself first.
If you don’t like yourself, do something yourself will like.
Be open to others opinions, at least try.
No one is better than you. They may be better at something, but not better.
Never rest on your laurels. You will get a bedsore.
"Only [a caring and involved] father, with a good mother, can help society reduce violence, alleviate anger, ease anxiety, and promote the family—one child at a time.
- The Power of Dadhood