A Tribute to Fathers

From Allison McCarthy:

My Dad is a big believer in proactively managing life – a “take action” type of person.  Whenever he faced a challenge he would always – and continues to – look for solutions.  One of his common phrases when I was growing up was “You got a problem, fix it”.  He was not very tolerant of “wallowing” or “whining” – figure it out and move on.  From him I learned that feeling “stuck” was my issue – because there was always something different to try.  The number of possibilities outweighed the number of obstacles.  When I was young, he might have stepped in and proactively created the “nudge”.  But as I got older – and still to this day – he will help me see the options and ways to take action.  Over the years, my dad’s perspective has pushed me forward in numerous ways – both professionally and personally – and is a gift that I am so thankful for each day. 

From Ruth Padilla:

There’s something special about the relationship between fathers and daughters. Many of my earliest memories are with my dad and always involve the feelings of security and love. My dad married my mother at a very young age and he spent several years in the military. He’d tell you his Army days were some of the best ones of his life.  Dad was exposed to people who were not necessarily like him, but who were all dependent on each other for success. The military also fostered discipline and hard work, as well as, trust and respect. I was born not long after my father’s time in the service, and the things he learned remained key staples in our lives.  I went into the hospital business at 19 and never looked back. It is my passion. I never grow tired of seeing great hospital teams who understand that they are all dependent on each other for operational success and, that trust and respect are vitally important to building strong organizational cultures. And although it seems we are all working harder than ever before to keep up with our challenging environment, that hard work and discipline will continue to strengthen delivery of care and that’s the ultimate reward. 

From David Zirkle:

My Dad was an Indiana State Policeman for over 30 years.  His police career ended when he was on duty and hit head-on by a semi-truck.  He broke every bone on the right side of his body and spent nine months in the hospital as a result of the accident.  I was only three years old when he came home, but I remember it to this day.   I tell this because it illustrates the kind of man he was.  While my Dad was physically strong enough to recover, he also learned so much from this terrible incident.  He could have immersed himself in self-pity, but instead he moved forward making the lives of those around him better in so many ways.  He taught me everyday things like how to shoot free throws so I could be a better basketball player, while explaining we are all part of a bigger picture that we can’t always understand.  He was famous for dealing with situations based on the “one-hundred year” test.  That is, if no one is concerned about it 100 years from now; then do your best, but don’t sweat the details. Dad, thank you for all you did and taught me, and I love and miss you.

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