What I Learned From My Dad

Kenn Kihiu Health Guide
  •  I've been reflecting on some of the memories I have of my Dad recently.  Luke lost his Dad, renown journalist Tim Russert last week and it also being fathers day made me recall some of the wonderful memories I had of my Dad who is no longer with us. I remember being so excited when he bought me my first real bicycle. I was 9 years old and I still remember the many weeks he spent teaching me how to ride it.  Nine years later right after high school, Dad said he would support any decisions I made. This was after I just finished reluctantly telling him I was seriously thinking of joining the military. I know he wanted me to go to college, but I wanted be an officer just like him. (I ended not enlisting because I got a scholarship to study the International Baccalaureate in England)

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    I treasure all these moments - but one that stands today is probably because I used it just last week.  A close friend was going through a crisis and I shared with them that when growing up, I learned through observing my dad that whenever there was a crisis or an emergency he was always the calmest person in the room and because of that he was able to figure a solution to many problems.


    Sometimes I don't execute this lesson perfectly but I try to remember the message. You really never have control of the situations life throws at you, but 100% of the time you control your response and that is what makes all the difference.


    I'm interested in hearing some of the lessons you learned from your Dad.


    Kenn Kihiu


Published On: June 18, 2008

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