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The single greatest lesson I learned from my dad's past

As we have grown older, my dad and I have shared more about our experiences from the past.

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As we have grown older, my dad and I have shared more about our experiences from the past. It’s similar to two crusty war veterans sitting at a bar sharing war stories.

We talk about our wars, the nostalgia of the struggles trying to get to the top of our mountains.

Let me tell you, there is something beautiful about us sharing those moments.

We go back and forth. We laugh at our moments of naivety. We slow down our cadence of speech when we reflect on times where the climb to the top looked impossible.

And yet somehow, both of us kept going.

I noticed in our past conversations over the last couple of months; there is a lesson in his stories. A common theme that I have found from our conversations became the single greatest lesson I have learned from his past.

Keep going.

What does it mean to keep going? Well, it sounds simple, but it’s not. It’s actually one of the hardest things to do.

You see, we humans love the fantasy of big dreams. We love to conjure up a new life, a new world for ourselves, better than the ones we’re living. It’s because we never anticipate obstacles.

We assume in our fantasy that it’s smooth sailing, that everything will be an easy ride.

Do you know what they say about assumptions?

  1. In war, assumptions get you killed.
  2. Assuming anything means it makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” 😆

Not anticipating a roadblock, breakdown, or challenge will throw you off course. It’ll keep you from hitting the top.

And what gets you through is one foot in front of the other. Keep going. Slow or fast. Never stop going forward.

Eventually, you’ll get there. And when you do, it’ll be sweet.

Real sweet.

Dad’s still moving forward. One foot in front of the other. I am, too, although, at times, I feel like I am in more of a rush than he is.

But that lesson he taught me from his past experiences, it’s been the single greatest thing that got me to where I am now on this mountain and will carry me to the top of the next one.

Keep going and keep climbing,


My new book The Road Ahead and Miles Behind A Story of Healing and Redemption Between Father and Son is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.