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When I was a teen my father used to lecture me – almost daily. It was so frequent that I could usually tell what lecture was coming based on the circumstance. He was pretty consistent with them, and I used to be able to quote a few lectures word for word. I even numbered a few of them, even though these days I hardly remember them at all. Mostly I heard bits and pieces of his words surface when life gets bumpy.
My kids missed out on that – the boring dad lectures. I spent most, if not all their childhood years in the Air Force – traveling around, gone from their lives for sometimes years at a time. Missing those years with them was never my intent. The plan was to be a dad, raise some kids, have a good life, then enjoy the grand kids. But things didn’t work out with my first wife – or my second wife. With each marriage I thought she was the one who would stay forever, but it didn’t work out that way. The Air Force is a demanding mistress and my wives needed to take care of themselves. Naturally the kids stayed with their moms since I was usually traveling and couldn’t provide a stable home life.
A few years ago, a little after my 40th birthday, I was pondering all this. I missed my kids terribly and knew it was painful for them, too. One of my kids was going through some tough times and I couldn’t be there. It was the sort of thing that I’d been through before and had a good perspective. With the right sort of information, I knew they’d be able to weather the storm. My father would have taken that moment to give me one of his lectures.
As I was thinking about it, I decided to write them down – not the whole lecture, but just a sort of axiom, or a title. Once I got the first one, the rest started to flow. I came up with forty of them. Forty different rules for living.
With that list in hand, the only thing to do was the write them down. After all, what’s the point of having a list of life principles in a notebook, in a box, in my basement? Not much. Who would benefit from that?
If you’re reading this, whether or not you’re one of my kids, keep something in mind – this is just what I’ve learned so far. These are things I think would have helped my kids. These aren’t laws. These aren’t definitive principles of universal truth. I’m sure that in another twenty years or so I’ll look back at them and wonder what on earth I was thinking. But overall they’re pretty good.
If you’re reading this, I’d like to thank you. I’m not exactly sure for what, but I do feel a sense of gratitude toward you. If you’re reading this, I wish you all the best. I hope these things serve you in some positive way.
Peace, ’n’ stuff.

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