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Lessons from Dad
Randy Cadenhead


Love someone the best you can,
but love,

And have a dog.
It can show you the truest love.

Know God,
and life will make more sense.

Accept that things may fail,
but do all that you can.

Learn, and live on better for it.
Learn to smile.

Respect and find good in all you can.
Try to avoid the rest.

Be true to yourself,
but also serve others.

Lead by example
and with care.

Find comfort in working good earth.
and grow as well yourself.

Be there for your family,
but wait quietly.

Try to heal their hurts,
but most of all, let them grow.

Be responsible.
Be known as a truly “gentle man.”

Do what you know is right,
And don’t forget to sing.

Live so others will say,
“He is the nicest man.”

There is no greater dignity than the respect
given to one who is truly humble.


© by Randy Cadenhead.
Used with the author’s permission.



Randy Cadenhead is a retired attorney. He lives in Decatur, Georgia, where he teaches law school when he's not sailing to places he has yet to discover.  Randy is the author of Unwrapping Christmas, a collection of holiday stories and poems. Learn more about him at


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The simple form works so well with the message.
Posted 06/19/2016 10:01 AM
No better way to celebrate our fathers than this shining poem! Thanks, Randy.
Posted 06/19/2016 08:57 AM
this reminds me of things I would hear my dad say. thank-you! it should be posted in every home and office as a reminder of our call!
Posted 06/19/2016 06:18 AM
What can one say but " I agree with every word."
Posted 06/19/2016 02:16 AM

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