Monthly Our Perfect Day The Lesson Leap Day Teaches Us This year, leap day has given us the gift of extra time. On Saturday, Feb. 29, we will be given an extra Saturday to do whatever we want. This gift of a whole extra 24 hours is something I will cherish. Between the demands of running a business, helping patients, and raising a family, time is limited and precious. I value the simple things in life because I know my chaotic schedule — and a 90-minute round-trip commute — can sometimes get in the way of the valuable time I enjoy most with my family. In fact, if I could plan out what my perfect day would look like, it would be carving out as much time as I could for my family. I typically wake up before everyone else in my home, so I would use this time to answer any emails, phone calls, or dire needs my employees, patients, or business has. This would give me the peace of mind to know that all of my business’s needs have been met, and I could focus all of my energy on my family, our time together, and their well-being. (Plus, it always feels good to get your responsibilities done early!) Then, I’d give a little bit of my time to myself. Many readers already know how much I love walking and hiking, and my “perfect day” would have to include some of both. There’s a trail with a 4-mile hike near my home that would be perfect for this day. It’s a beautiful hike just above Lake Anderson in Morgan Hill, and if I can get a friend or someone from my family to join me, it would be even better! This hike allows me to get fresh air, observe some of California’s natural beauty, and get some exercise and peace of mind! It’d be really important for me to then spend some quality one-on-one time with each of my kids. Our 8-year-old son, Owen, has a lot of interests, but he’s really into video games. So, we’d probably spend some time battling together playing Star Wars Battlefront, Minecraft, and John Madden Football. Our 4-year-old son, Jake, and I would probably play LEGOs together. Whether he is putting out fires with his firefighters or chasing convicts
Fabrice and Jake, ready to fight fires in Lego City!
with his policemen, he has a lot of fun, especially when I am involved with his free play.
“I value the simple things in lifebecause I knowmy chaotic schedule—anda 90-minute round-tripcommute—can sometimes get in thewayof thevaluable time I enjoymost withmy family. “
Afterward, if time allowed, I’d love to take my family
to the beach or a local amusement park, like Marriott’s Great America or Gilroy Gardens. I know the boys would have a blast, and it could even be fun to invite some of our neighbors to join in on the adventure. We’ve been blessed to get to know some of the families, with kids similar in age to Owen and Jake, who have lived near us for the past six years. I’m honored to share a neighborhood with these families, and I would have to share my perfect day with them. Finally, I’d love to end the day by making dinner back home with my family. With the business, I sometimes miss family dinners, and my wife does a lot of the heavy lifting at home. I cherish the opportunities I have to slow down and enjoy a casual BBQ with my wife and our boys. I can think of no better way to end a “perfect day” than spending it at home, enjoying a meal together. In the end, if there’s some spare time to get some domestic housework done or take the kids to the park, I’d love to add those to our perfect day. I realize that there’s nothing grand or spectacular about what my ideal day would look like. It’s just taking the gift of some valuable free time and turning it into family memories and time spent together.
I hope you find time to do the same this leap day, Dr. Fabrice Rockich
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