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An Open Letter to My Children-What I Believe

Dear Rachel, Zachary and Jane,

Please excuse the open- letter format.

Next to marrying Mom, helping to raise each of you has been the most important thing I have ever done.

I have tried to be a good person, a good husband and father and lead a good life.

I have tried to do the right thing and be honest in my dealings with others.

I have tried to set a good example.

When I make mistakes, I try to learn from those mistakes.

I will continue to do that.

Before I leave this earth (which I hope will not be for a long, long time), I want to share in writing some of my beliefs.

They are yours to use as you see fit.

Never forget how proud I am of each one of you.

I love you very, very much,



 What I Believe


No matter how hard you try, your best will always be good enough for somebody and not good enough for somebody else.


Take what you believe in seriously. Don’t take yourself seriously.


Choose your friends and colleagues wisely. You will become like the people with whom you associate.


Beware of people who answer questions nobody asked.


People who have nothing to hide, hide nothing.


Nobody hides good news for long.


Never let what other people think of you become more important than what you think of yourself.


No matter how old you get, right is still right and wrong is still wrong.


Learning to be patient with yourself and others is one of life’s greatest virtues.


We’re all making it up as we go along.


Maybe you can and maybe you can’t but never because somebody else said so.


Be careful believing you know what other people are thinking or intending. If you really want to know, ask.


People are as healthy as their biggest secret.


Confidence is a byproduct of options. The more options you have the more confident you will be.


Never respond to unkindness with unkindness.


Be careful about the decisions you make. You will carry the consequences.


Where you spend your time and your resources determine what you truly value.


People are entitled to their opinion. They’re just not entitled to make their opinion your opinion.


At the end of the day the only thing that really matters is the quality of your relationships.


People are more important than things.


When you mess up, own up.


We go as far as our fears let us.


At the end of your life you will not regret your failures nearly as much as you’ll regret what you never tried.


Never miss the opportunity to tell the important people in your life how you feel about them.


If you wake up each morning and have your health and at least one person you love who loves you, you are rich beyond measure.

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