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NEWSLETTER Life Lessons fromMyDad Happy Father's Day

I am blessed to have an awesome father and I am grateful for the many life lessons that he has taught me along the way that have helped shape the person that I am today. Being that we are in the month of June and that Father’s Day is this month, I thought I would share some of the lessons I’ve learned from my Dad. 1. Any job worth doing, is worth doing right. Growing up I had many opportunities to work alongside my dad in the garden, mowing the lawn, doing the dishes, etc. I learned early on that if the job wasn’t done right that it would have to be done again until it was right. His attention to detail was evident as he would look over my work and at the end he would often say, “Doesn’t feel good to do a good job?” 2. Enjoy the work that you do. My father was always whistling a tune when we would work together, something I continue to do to this day. Many of you know when I am coming into a treatment room because of my whistle – I got that from my Dad. He instructed me when I was in my teens to find a profession that you love, and then you’ll never have to work a day in your life. While I could do without all the paperwork, the interaction I have with each of you, makes my job really enjoyable. 3. Choose to be Happy and to look for the good. I heard many times growing up, “You have a choice today. You can choose to focus on the good and be happy, or you can choose to focus on the bad and be sad, so choose wisely.” I continue to share the same phrases with my own children. With all

of the negative news that we are inundated with, I think it is important that each of us look for the good. 4.Have Fun! While many of the lessons I learned involved working together, I also was taught the importance of having fun. Whether it was playing sports, going to events, playing games, singing around the piano, water skiing, snow skiing, or other activities, we had a lot of fun. One of the fun things I got to do with my Dad, was each year for my birthday in February he would pull me out of school and we would go skiing for the day, they were really fun days. These are just a few of the life lessons that I learned along the way. I am thankful for my Dad and the things that he has taught me and that he continues to teach me. I am grateful to be a father and for the opportunity I have to share some of these things with them. I hope that each of you will have an awesome Father’s Day!

David Hawkins, David Hawkins PT, CSCS

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