Hard truths from my first 50 years on earth

Reflection is good for the soul.

The past decade was the toughest of my life

My 40's ended up being the most difficult decade of my life.

1. Your body will betray you

Many things in life get better with age, but your physical body is usually not one of them.

2. Your faith will be tested

The harsh realities of life will test your faith. They did mine.

When your world is collapsing around you it is hard to believe that God loves you and wants the best for you. Believe me — he does.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2–4

3. You will experience more loss

Loved ones die, dreams end, and some friends fade away. Eventually, you start going to more funerals than weddings which can be depressing.

Losing Ruger was a tough day. He was crazy, but a fun dog.

Methods that worked for me

1. Take care of yourself

Stay in shape. Figure out what physical activity works best for you, and do it.

No need for me to look like this guy.

2. Ask your father for help

Do not be afraid to ask God and me for help when you need it. We are both here for you and will do our part to get you through the storms of life.

Opa is a great Dad to me. I want to do the same for you.

3. Find your joy and have some fun

Doug Keating with sons having a little fun.



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