What happened as a result of that is that instead of being down and depressed I just got tougher.

You know Bond, I can't stress how strong I feel that doing an hour's worth of road work is perhaps the number one most valuable habit you can cultivate. You see, if you start your day this way, it will get you off to a great start and vastly improve the rest of your day since it will drain off a lot of tension and anxiety and, in general, it will clear out your mind so you can think better all day long!

FASTING - You are, in my opinion, too young to go on any extended fasts but I really think it would be good for you to fast one full day each week.
Currently, I am fasting every Saturday. And, I intend to keep fasting one day a week (at least) for the rest of my life.
When you fast, you begin to normalize your body functions and also, you develop a certain self-discipline that will help you in most other areas of your life.

Here are some tips. First of all, I suggest you do not tell other people what you are doing. Most people don't understand fasting and all you will get from them on this subject is a lot of ignorant babble.
Secondly, I feel that you should do very little (or no) athletic exercise on the days that you fast. You see, your "Fast Day" is the day you set aside to give your mind and body a rest. You don't have to stay in bed all day or anything like that but you really should take it easy both physically AND mentally.
What I do on my fast days is sort of kick back and read and putter around and, also, I have found it a good time to take care of those nagging little chores and errands that seem to accumulate during the rest of the week.

In other words, I think you should do road work every morning to more or less "order your day" and fast every week in order to "order your week".

You know what, Son? I am 46 years and one day old and the two things I have written to you about so far are the most important things I have ever learned.

Now, let's go on. The next thing I want to talk to you about is your diet. First of all, I believe that everybody who says breakfast is the most important meal of the day is dead wrong. In my opinion all you should eat before lunch is a couple pieces of fruit. Do you remember what I said to you in yesterday's letter? I said you should eat a piece of fruit (preferably a banana) before you start your road work.
Well, after your road work, in my judgement, what you should do is take a shower, clean up, and get dressed and get your day started. And then, some time after that, before lunch, you should eat another piece of fruit.

maybe we can start a tradition here. A new "Halbert Tradition" whereupon the father's make it a point to pass down what they have learned to teach a new generation.
It would be nice.

You should definitely eat a big bowl of some "bran type" cereal.
By the way, remember yesterday when I asked you to get a copy of "The Joy Of Running"? Well, here are two other books you should look for: "The Miracle of Fasting" by Paul Bragg and "Are You Confused?" by Paulo Airola. Many health food stores will probably carry both of these books.


In this second letter, pop begins by remarking on his new get-tough attitude and with all due respect, that is total bull. He was ALWAYS tough. I have no illusions about my father and he was not tough in all situations and certainly had his fears as we all do, but in general he has always been tough.

On the subject of fasting, I did do it a few times shortly after receiving the letter, but I hate fasting. I never felt good after fasting and remember counting the last hours waiting until I could eat again.

It was him and his letters that inspired me to eat more fruit than most other people of my generation and all of his nutritional advice in the letters is spot on. After he passed, the medical examiner remarked that he was in great shape, other than being dead of course. He would have loved that comment. Seriously though she did say he was in terrific shape other than his blocked artery and enlarged heart that seems to be hereditary in origin.

Before we get far from the subject of fasting, he made what I believe to be the most overlooked lesson of the letter and that was when he wrote, “don’t tell anyone.”
My dad’s favorite saying was “nothing is impossible for a man who refuses to listen to reason” and it served him well his whole life.
He did so many things that other people said couldn’t be done.

Very few people truly teach their kids anything at all and when they do it is usually something many others could teach, like sports or how to drive, but very few teach their kids what schools can’t, namely, to think outside the box, to have confidence, to move and not to fear mistakes.

Chapter 3