CornerStone PT & Wellness Center - December 2018

DECEMBER 2018

CORNERSTONE Monthly

77 Brant Avenue Suite 101, Clark, NJ 07066 • www.cornerstoneptnj.com • 732.499.4540

Cornerstone PT Patients

THE MEANING OF THE SEASON TOGETHERNESS

VIP Referral Patient of the Month!

STEPHANIE KANDEL

Season’s greetings from all of us at Cornerstone Physical Therapy and Wellness Center! We wish you and your loved ones all the joy in the world this December and hope you have a great start to the new year. Taking the time to slow down and appreciate the family and friends we have around us is the perfect tonic to the winter blues, in my opinion. When I was growing up, the holidays went beyond my immediate family. I’ll always cherish the memories of my mom and grandma lighting the menorah every Hanukkah, but by the time I was in high school, I’d added to my list of holiday traditions. I lived in Menlo Park and played on various sports teams, and our whole community was very tight-knit and welcoming. Every December, I hopped in my car and went from house to house visiting friends, always being sure to stay for dinner. “The lesson I learned from all those meals throughout Menlo Park still holds true — at the end of the day, the holidays are about appreciating the people around you.” Going from baseball to powerlifting and eventually rugby in college, I had quite the metabolism and had no problem cleaning my plate on these holiday visits. Let me tell you, my friends’ moms loved me — and they were all great cooks. One December, I was a guest at seven holiday dinners. It was quite the experience and taught me a lot about the power of community. I’m still friends with many of these families to this day!

Now I try to impart that same sense of welcome to my children. In our household, we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, honoring our children’s shared heritage. We light the menorah and decorate the tree every year, and the kids get presents for both holidays. It’s important to my wife and me that our kids learn to be cultured and open-minded about different traditions and beliefs. Sadly, both of our kids have now outgrown one particular tradition. Santa Claus is officially out of the bag for my son, and the days of sneaking around wrapping presents are over. Sometimes I miss being a part of the mystery, making the holidays just a little more magical for the kids. Still, the season has its share of wondrous moments. I’ve written at length over the years about my kids’ sports exploits and the busy travel seasons that come with them. It’s amazing to see them excel, and being there cheering on the sidelines is one of the most important things I can do as a father. But as we settle in for the holidays, with no practices or tryouts to speak of, part of me is relieved. It’s a chance for us all to just slow down and enjoy each other’s company. But at the end of the day, the lesson I learned from all those meals throughout Menlo Park still holds true — at the end of the day, the holidays are about appreciating the people around you.

The best compliment we can receive is to have one of our patients refer a friend or family member to our practice. If you refer someone and we are able to take them as a patient, both you and the person who was referred

Thank You! will be entered to win a $25 gift card! It’s just our way of saying

From our family to yours, happy holidays,

–David DeLaFuente

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