Welcome to my new Blog. My name is Doug Keating. I am the father of two fine young men – Gavin and Riley Keating. Gavin is about to graduate from high school and go off to college. Riley is almost done with his freshman year and will start learning how to drive this summer. I am proud of both of them.
A few years ago my marriage ended which impacted my life in many ways – some positive and some negative. As a result of the divorce, I get to see my boys a few days a month (every other weekend), and for a few weeks in the summer. This constant separation caused me great concern as I wondered how can I be a good father to my boys without having much access to them, and the world they live in…so I decided to do something about it. I started writing “a letter” to them about life lessons that I have learned through the years. Basically, they get a new lesson every time they are with me. These lessons are not long (one page each), and not really that profound. Rather they offer me a creative and meaningful way to pass along what little knowledge and wisdom I have for my boys.
Why write a letter to my sons? The teen age years are an important time in a young man’s life. Decisions made during this phase can make the difference between success in this world, or failing at life. Lessons are learned, habits are formed, and the path forward for your life is established based on the decisions you make. What I am attempting to do is help my sons find their way in this world by avoiding the pitfalls I experienced, and navigating around obstacles.
This blog is the next step in the learning journey. I am making “the letter” available to others in case it helps them also. I am not claiming to be a wise man, or a great dad, or a Godly man. The Lord knows that I was not a very good husband. Rather I am just a man trying to learn about life and how to live it. Hopefully you find some of the content helpful. If so, let me know, and feel free to share the link. If not, then start your own blog and share your own perspective. The world needs wisdom. Thanks.