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Father’s Day 2014

Posted on June 14, 2014 under Happy Father's Day!.

Tomorrow, for only the 3rd time in my 65 years, I am experiencing Father’s Day  without my Dad.

For the third time in my life,  there will be no Father’s Day cards sent, no  calls  made, or meals shared.  After a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s, my Dad passed away back in January, 2012. 

But as I did last year, on this Father’s Day weekend, I do want to share someone else’s thoughts and observations on life (and death) with you.

My Dad’s Hospice/Palliative Care Nurse was a remarkable woman and she was kind enough to share a paper she had written about her experiences in dealing with death. and dying. Her patients were those who had gone home to die.  She leaned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth.  Some felt that many of the changes she experienced were phenomenal and every patient she dealt with found their peace before they departed  –  every one of them. 

Her thoughts are below; enjoy.

When she questioned her patients about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.  Here are the most common five she discovered:

1)  “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”  –   ”this was the most common regret of all.  When people realize that their life is almost over, it is far easier to look back and see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled; from the moment you lose your health, it is too late.  Health brings a freedom that very few realize until they no longer have it.

2)  “I wish I didn’t work so hard”  –  “this came from every male patient I nursed.  They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship.  All the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”  “By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to create more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities.”

Danielle Toews - Daddy Dance    Adrienne Fox-Keesic - Cycling

3)  “I wish I had the courage to express my feelings”  – many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.  As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence.  We cannot control the reactions of others.”

Father's Day Quotes, Quote About Father Being in Children's Life

 

 

 

4)  “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”  –  many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years; there were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort they deserved; everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

5)  “I wish that I had  let myself be happier  –  “many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.  They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.  They longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their lives again.”

 

Fathers Day Quotes, Father's Day Quotes, Happy Fathers Day Sayings, Inspirational Pictures, Motivational Thoughts

“Life is a choice.   It is your choice.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness.”

As Always, thanks for being here and  I leave you with this from former NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano:   My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

PS:   ESM – thanks for making me a Dad!  

Corey and Ross -   always very proud to be your Dad.  

 

 

Craig J. McConnell
President
PrintGrowPro/SalesGrowPro, Inc.
314-753-2802
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Father’s Day 2013

Posted on June 16, 2013 under Happy Father's Day!.
Father’s Day 2013

For only the second time in my 63+ years, I am experiencing Father’s Day  without my Dad.

For the second time in my life,  there will be no Father’s Day cards sent, no  calls  made, or meals shared.  After a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s, my Dad passed away back in January, 2012.  I still struggle with emotions far to complex to verbalize or put to paper; maybe someday that will change.

But as I did last year, on this Father’s Day weekend, I do want to share someone else’s thoughts and observations on life (and death) with you.

My Dad’s Hospice/Palliative Care Nurse was a remarkable woman and she was kind enough to share a paper she had written about her experiences in dealing with death. and dying. Her patients were those who had gone home to die.  She leaned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth.  Some felt that many of the changes she experienced were phenomenal and every patient she dealt with found their peace before they departed  –  every one of them. 

Her thoughts are below; enjoy.

 

When she questioned her patients about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.  Here are the most common five she discovered:

1)  “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”  –   ”this was the most common regret of all.  When people realize that their life is almost over, it is far easier to look back and see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled; from the moment you lose your health, it is too late.  Health brings a freedom that very few realize until they no longer have it.

2)  “I wish I didn’t work so hard”  –  “this came from every male patient I nursed.  They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship.  All the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”  “By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to create more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities.”

Danielle Toews - Daddy Dance    Adrienne Fox-Keesic - Cycling

3)  “I wish I had the courage to express my feelings”  – many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.  As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence.  We cannot control the reactions of others.”

Father's Day Quotes, Quote About Father Being in Children's Life

 

 

 

4)  “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”  –  many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years; there were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort they deserved; everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

5)  “I wish that I had  let myself be happier  –  “many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.  They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.  They longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their lives again.”

 

Fathers Day Quotes, Father's Day Quotes, Happy Fathers Day Sayings, Inspirational Pictures, Motivational Thoughts

“Life is a choice.   It is your choice.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness.”

As Always, thanks for being here and  I leave you with this from former NC State basketball coach Jim Valvano:   My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

PS:   Corey and Ross -   other than marrying your Mom, you are the best things that have ever happened to me.  I am very proud to be your Dad  –  ALWAYS!       

Craig McConnell, President, PrintGrowPro/SalesGrowPro

www.printgrowpro.com

“Great selling is a process artfully done.”

Follow me on Twitter – http://twitter.com/printgrowpro


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Father’s Day 2012

Posted on June 16, 2012 under Happy Father's Day!.

Father’s Day 2012 will be different for me than any of the other 60+ that I’ve experienced.

For the first time in my life,  there will be no Father’s Day cards sent, no  calls  made, or meals shared.  After a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s, my Dad passed away back in January.  I still struggle with emotions far to complex to verbalize or put to paper (although I am going to attach a link to a marvelous piece that my daughter generated not long after my Dad’s death); maybe someday that will change.

But on this Father’s Day weekend, I do want to share someone else’s thoughts and observations on life (and death) with you.

 

 

My Dad’s Hospice/Palliative Care Nurse was a true angel.  She was kind enough to share with my brother, sister and I a paper she had written about her experiences in dealing with death. and dying. Her patients were those who had gone home to die.  She leaned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth.  Some felt that many of the changes she experienced were phenomenal and every patient she dealt with found their peace before they departed  –  every one of them. 

I want to try to share  her key thoughts and observations with you today.

Father's Day Quotes, Quote About Father Son Looking Alike

When she questioned her patients about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again.  Here are the most common five she discovered:

1)  “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”  –   ”this was the most common regret of all.  When people realize that their life is almost over, it is far easier to look back and see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled; from the moment you lose your health, it is too late.  Health brings a freedom that very few realize until they no longer have it.

2)  “I wish I didn’t work so hard”  –  “this came from every male patient I nursed.  They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship.  All the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”  “By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to create more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities.”

3)  “I wish I had the courage to express my feelings”  – many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.  As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence.  We cannot control the reactions of others.”

 

4)  “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”  –  many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years; there were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort they deserved; everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

5)  “I wish that I had  let myself be happier  –  “many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.  They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits.  They longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their lives again.”

 

Fathers Day Quotes, Father's Day Quotes, Happy Fathers Day Sayings, Inspirational Pictures, Motivational Thoughts

“Life is a choice.   It is your choice.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness.”

Make it a great week and I’ll leave you with a final Father’s Day thought from Carl Coats:   “A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.”               

Craig McConnell, President, PrintGrowPro/SalesGrowPro

www.printgrowpro.com

“Great selling is a process artfully done.”

Follow me on Twitter – http://twitter.com/printgrowpro

 

 

PS:  here’s that link I promised

http://thebestspart.com/2012/01/coralee.html

 

 

Father's Day Quotes, Quote About Father Being in Children's Life


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Happy Father’s Day

Posted on June 18, 2011 under Happy Father's Day!.

Dmitry Mozzherin - Son and Dad          Shane Perry - knew dad 

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  • Danielle Toews - Daddy Dance    Adrienne Fox-Keesic - Cycling   

      

    As always, thanks for being here, make it a great week and pay it forward.
     
    PS:  Corey and Ross  –  I’m proud to be your Dad. 
     

     Craig McConnell, President, PrintGrowPro/SalesGrowPro

    www.printgrowpro.com

    “Great selling is a process artfully done.”  

    Follow me on Twitter  -  http://twitter.com/printgrowpro 


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    Happy Father’s Day!!!!

    Posted on June 20, 2010 under Happy Father's Day!.

    In anticipation of Cannon’s visit, I was going through some ‘old’ books that we used to read to our kids.  I found one entitled:  TOMORROW Is A Brand New Day by Debby Boone and Gabriel Ferrer, with a copyright date of 1989  when my daughter Corey was 8 and my son Ross was 4.  Please find below one ‘snipit’ from the book.  I’ll let you interpret as you see fit, but remember in sales (as in life) attitude is everything.

    The first thing when you wake up in the morning and it’s time to start a brand new kind of day why not look into the  mirror just a second and then smile at you as cheerfully you say……GOOD MORNING!

    When you’re on your way downstairs to eat your breakfast and your sister calls you a slimy slug names Ray Don’t shout back and lose the happiness inside you just gring at her and very sweetly say…….GOOD MORNING!

    When you hop onto that big bright yellow school bus and the kid you’re next to looks the other way don’t get nervous or let yourself get grumpy just smile at the back of his head and say…………GOOD MORNING!

    I hope the point I make has been well taken:  it’s your choice how you will start out every day.  Don’t let grouches take your happy morning from you Hang on to it  — it’s yours each time you say……………GOOD MORNING!

     Thoughts for Father’s Day

     

     He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.  ~Clarence Budington Kelland

    A father is always making his baby into a little woman.  And when she is a woman he turns her back again.  ~Enid Bagnold
     
    Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.  ~Gloria Naylor

    I hope you have a great week; do your best to make a difference!!! 


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