THE SILVER LINING To Your Life & Health
H ow M y D ad T aught M e to B e a F ather
And the Lessons I Hope to Teach My Children
He is a hardworking man who loves his children. One day, he told me, “Duane, when I die, I hope God judges me based on how I treated my children.” His love for his children set a precedent for how I raise my children. It’s imperative to me that I spend time with my children as they grow up so I can support them in every possible way. My father’s independence and love for his children also played a role in how I started my career path. The desire to not be held down by my job comes from my dad. He is self- employed and has always called his own shots. Being in the mortgage industry for 35 years has shown me that he thrives on freedom, and I’m My dad is my hero. He’s taught me so much in life and molded me to be the man I am today. Things between him and my mom may not have worked out, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. They married and divorced twice. They gave it the proper American try, and it didn’t happen the way either of them wanted. When they separated, he was still a great dad to me. Even though I did not see him every day, he made his presence felt. There wasn’t a single responsibility where he dropped the ball. He paid for my college, my first car, and made sure he met his financial obligations to my mom.
the same way. When I was selling life insurance, I ran into one major complication: My children were getting older, and I wasn’t around enough. My wife needed me at home to help, but I was working a 9–5 job. A friend introduced me to this opportunity with Medicare so I could work a schedule that allowed me to financially support my children while still being present in their lives. The work lets me impart life lessons and raise them the way I believe is right. IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST, BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OTHERS. As my children grow up, I want them to understand life isn’t just about them. “
It’s important to take care of yourself first, but you also have to take care of others. I tell them to find one task a day they can do for someone else. For my son, I want him to be a gentleman, and for my daughters, I want them to be able to stand on their own two feet. At the same time, I want my children to recognize that it’s better to have a partner and not go it alone. The most important life lesson I want them to know is that they don’t have to follow the route I did. They can carve their own paths and find a way that works well for them. The decisions we make today can affect us for years. I’m proud to have a father who has modeled proper decision making for me, and I strive to do the same for my children. Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there. –Duane Hamilton 1 770-744-1855
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