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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

A lesson I learned from my _____ DAD. This topic itself is so interesting! Now you must be thinking, why do I have that blank space? Well, the requirement is that I should or every other student who is writing about this post should fill that blank. You can select any word that defines your dad. He may be a working dad, a very hi-tech that is technology oriented dad, he may be a farmer dad, or he can be even absent in some cases (not hurting anyone’s feelings here).

A lesson that I learned from my DAD!

When I read this topic, I started thinking what should be the word to fill in the blank? What would be the best category to fit in there? However, the topic was what lesson I learned from my dad. It is funny how your thoughts wander sometimes from one point to another without you even know. After thinking for some while, I came to a conclusion. do I really want to assign a category to my dad? Or is there any word, a single word that can define my dad? And the answer I got was a big NO!

This is the one of the many important lessons that I have learned from my dad. You should not judge or give categories to people. Each and every human being is unique and special in some or the other way. All people in this world are the gift of God, including yourself. So you cant judge or categorize people. In fact, if you happen to do so, same thing will be applicable to you as well. Also, by categorizing people, you might happen to mis-judge them. You might not see the other side of their life or the attitude or behavior or personality. This might result into mis communication and mis interpretation of what the truth is.

There is a very thin line between self confidence and over confidence. One should always be self confident and never be over confident in the life

On the other hand, you should believe in yourself. You should always have self confidence in yourself. But this self confidence should remain as self confidence. It should never cross the boundaries or limits and turn into over confidence. There is a very thin line between self confidence and over confidence. This thin line is what makes or breaks a person. This is what defines you and characterizes you. So you should always believe in yourself and face the world and all the challenges without fear with complete confidence.

Are these the only lessons that I learned from my dad? Definitely not, I have learned countless lessons from my dad related to all different walks of life. All these lessons have been the stepping stones in my life and lead me in living a life that is happy and full of contentment. But I specifically mentioned these lessons because I think they are the most important ones and just wanted to share them with all of my readers.

Which is that one important lesson that you learned from your dad? Post your reply on my website.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.

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