Westchester Oral Surgery - November 2019

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How We Create Love EVERY MOMENT MATTERS

Thanksgiving is a great American tradition. Every year I look forward to waking up early to watch the parade with my family. Then my boys and I play a game of touch football with some other dads and their sons. Once we’ve worked up an appetite, we go to the kitchen to help get dinner ready before gorging ourselves with turkey, sides, and desserts. These are our traditions, and I look back fondly on each Thanksgiving memory I’ve made with my family. The holiday season is a great time to create memories, but over the years, I’ve learned how important the small moments are, too. A little league win, a job well done at ballet, a car ride with just you and one of the kids — all these

“As a husband and father, I look for opportunities to share those small moments with my family.”

small moments are integral in shaping a child’s ego. While we don’t necessarily remember all the small moments, they add up to something immeasurable. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, an emotion scientist and researcher from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says, “One of the most important things we can give to our kids is that caring attuned attention.” Dr. Fredrickson studies love and how parents and children create love in life’s small moments. She’s noted that those small moments don’t just create love between family members; they’re also beneficial for individual health and growth. Those bonds developed through social connection help us become aware of other people’s needs and can even slow down aging, if you can believe that. Finding ways to create those small, loving moments can be challenging, especially if you’re running a business. But as a husband and father, I look for opportunities to share those small moments with my family. My kids are starting to get older and those precious times will become more fleeting. My girls are turning 13 this month! Am I really the father of

teenagers? Soon my kids will have their own interests and activities that will make spending time with the whole family difficult. That’s why I’m glad we have established traditions of spending time together outside of major holidays. Saturdays are family days for us. My family is Jewish and we observe the Sabbath (Shabbat) on Saturdays. We don’t drive, and we disconnect from technology. That’s when we can sit together, talk, and connect as a family. I’m glad my family can share in these special moments every week. It keeps us connected. This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for a lot of things. I’m thankful for great friends and family, I’m thankful to live in a country that affords us freedom from oppression and allows for opportunity, and I’m thankful for the small moments we’re presented in life. While big holidays stand out in my memories, it’s the small moments that let me know I lead a life worth living.

–Dr. Harrison Linsky

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