I get to interview a dozen people per week in my insurance practice.
In the course of solving their problems and addressing their concerns, I also become a first-hand witness to their pain and their tragedies.
Many simply take these things in stride; others take it to their graves. The two biggest issues for most boil down to two words- worry and regret. They worry about things unnecessarily.
The social scientists tell us that 92 percent of the things we worry about never come to pass. So we’re making a huge emotional down payment on something that may never come to fruition.
And then there’s regret. We look back and say to ourselves “would-a, could-a, should-a,” wishing things have been done differently. With our children, we must sadly conclude one important fact: you can be responsible to them but not for them.
I recently attended the annual meeting of the Million Dollar Round Table for the financial services industry in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I was actually the closing speaker for this same venue in 1989 in the same facility, the Toronto Convention Center with 9,000 of my fellow financial professionals.
I recall that day so fondly, joining the other Main Platform presenters Terry Bradshaw, Brian Tracy, CSP, CPAE and W. Mitchell, CSP, CPAE. It was a high point of my speaking career because the MDRT meeting is considered the plumb of the speaking industry.
bring in the best speakers from across the planet. This year was no exception. The amazing stories of triumph and tragedy that are shared on the main platform bring humility to your own life because you realize that you and your family are blessed beyond your greatest expectation.
I have three terrific sons. I’ve often said I wish I could be half the man that they are. Cory is one of my twins and he’s a coach and a school teacher, and he’s darn good at both. He has earned Coach of the Year honors for all of Osceola County’s hundreds of high school coaches and Teacher of the Year honors at St. Cloud High School.
I recently attended his Athletic Banquet where they honored his latest accomplishments of his weightlifting team as they had another record year and he was selected Orange Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
Despite all the honors and recognition, his greatest reward was witnessing high school athletes standing with tears in their eyes and giving testimony about how “Coach Aun was like a second father to them… You are the father I never had,” said one. My heart was warmed more by this than any of the awards.
Cory’s wife Casey was also chosen her school’s Teacher of the Year but as far as I’m concerned, she gets a free pass for life because she gave me my greatest treasures, my beautiful granddaughters, Ashley and Ava. I call Casey “mooch” because she loves to mooch a meal at our house, which I gladly give up just to see my beautiful grandbabies.
Cory’s twin brother Jason is a molecular microbiologist and helps with Cory’s weightlifting team when he’s in town.
Jason is married to a wonderful woman, Jessica, who just became Dr. Jessica Aun as she completed Med School this June. I nicknamed her “Runt” years ago because she’s five foot nothing and weighs a hundred nothing, but can lift so much weight she almost earned a spot on the US Olympic Team in weightlifting.
My youngest son is Christopher, who followed in his mother’s footsteps and became a Registered Nurse. He plies his trade in the busiest Emergency Room in Orlando, Florida, where ironically, Dr. Runt just joined the staff. I’m not sure that ER can handle two Aun’s, but they’re going to give it a whirl.
Christopher, who was nicknamed “Gutt” by his older twin brothers when he was born, has been unable to shake the handle, so they just call him Nurse Gutt down at the ER. He is married to a wonderful school teacher, Viviana, who got the handle of “Bones” from yours truly, because she’s all skin and bones.
All three of my daughters-in-law are kind and wonderful people.
Yes, my wife Christine and I are truly blessed!
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Michael Aun is a syndicated columnist and writes a weekly column for this newspaper. To contact Michael Aun, email him at