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A Tribute to the Dads Doing Their Best

A Token of Appreciation This Father’s Day

T oday, being a good father to your kids is more complicated than ever. When you mix the recent sweeping shifts in American culture with the political divisiveness that threatens to overwhelm our current social climate, it’s no wonder so many parents are struggling to find their footing. Yet, even as I see so many dads stepping up to meet the challenge head-on, it seems to me that good fathers are less recognized and less appreciated than ever. All too often, it seems that the media focuses its attention on the tyrants and the abusers, to the exclusion of all the good guys doing their jobs, taking care of their families, and doing their best to raise responsible and productive children. That’s why this month, with Father’s Day right around the corner, I’d like to give a shoutout to all the dads out there who are putting in the work

that’s not to say that it’s always been easy — far from it. There were times back in my workaholic days when I wasn’t as engaged as I should have been, and I hurried from one meeting to the next, preoccupied by growing the business and chasing success. When I realized this mistake, I redirected my focus to try to balance my family priorities with my work priorities, and that generally worked much better for us. Like many of the men out there reading this, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve made more than my share of mistakes as a dad. But I believe the bottom line is that we as fathers have to stay engaged, give it maximum effort, and fight the culture to stay relevant for our kids. I’m not about to tell other guys what kind of dad they should be, because I’m far from a perfect father myself — that’s not the point. The point, I think, is to do your best for the people who depend on you, and I see countless other dads out there doing that every single day. I just want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of you out there navigating the tricky waters of fatherhood as best you can. It isn’t always easy, but as you and I both know, it’s always worth it.

regularly and engaging and taking care of their kids. Whether that means a dad being present in his nuclear family and raising his children alongside his wife, a father making it a top priority to spend regular quality time with his kids post- divorce, or an empty nester who invests some of his time with his grandchildren, it doesn’t matter. No matter the situation, there will always be challenges, but it’s my opinion that the dads who are putting in an honest effort to be there for their families deserve a little recognition and a lot of respect, especially in this day and age. As long as you’re engaged in your kids’ or grandkids’ lives in some meaningful way, I say “way to go” and “thank you.” Society needs you! I know, maybe more so than some, how difficult raising kids can be in the midst of a challenging situation. I’ve written before about how blessed I feel having not only my three biological children in my life but also my three step-daughters. But

“The point, I think, is to do your best for the people who depend on you, and I see countless other dads out there doing that every single day.”

–Brad Johnson

President, Risk Services of AR Specialized Insurance Programs for Specialized Industries. • www.insurica.com • 1

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