The third Sunday in June is just about here, and while some consider Father’s Day a “Hallmark Holiday,” and others love to honor it, there’s no question that we all notice it. Marketing from every retailer in America reminds us that honoring the influence of fathers in society is not to be ignored.
In the United States, Father’s Day has been celebrated on the third Sunday of June since 1910. As with Mother’s Day, I think it’s a good reminder for us to reflect on parental relationships — How have our fathers, living or dead, shaped our lives? How do we honor the memories of them? What would we like to improve about ourselves in their eyes?
It’s clear that many customary Father’s Day celebrations just won’t happen this year because of COVID-19 and the corresponding restrictions. And, while videos and phone calls are beautiful ways to stay in touch, there’s nothing like keeping in-person traditions with our families. This year, so many of us are feeling a stronger bond with loved ones; we feel more vulnerable and less sure about things we took for granted. Family relationships have taken on a new, deeper meaning.
As I have said many times, I have had many jobs, being a father is by far the most gratifying. It’s a for-life post with no days off. It’s work that challenges in ways you can’t predict and rewards with feelings of indescribable joy. I am the father of two children, a girl, and a boy, now a woman and a man. Helping them grow into kind, self-sufficient young adults have been the most fulfilling journey of my life.
I am fortunate to live near my two adult children and to have them working with me in my businesses. I’ve talked before about my daughter, Shannon, and her incredible work creating Body.Lyme.Spirit, which offers relatability and hope on both sides of the spectrum – from a battling and healing perspective. But, now, I have the new fortune of having my son, Ash, join me managing the business. Ash handles strategy and works with me on business development issues.
Because of that family mindfulness, at my company, as seen in this video, years ago I instituted policies that encourage every employee to focus on their holistic health. We provide gym memberships and time off to use them, so there’s no excuse not to get fit. We also offer nutrition counseling, yoga and meditation classes, and healthy food options in our kitchens. Our leadership team promotes flexible work schedules so that employees can maintain a happy family-work balance. As the boss, I’m looking out for the team and want them to know that I understand the struggles of daily life. I, too, focus on keeping a healthy balance and try to set a good example.
Although, as a nation, we are in the midst of an unnerving time in our lives, we’re still celebrating those meaningful familial connections. Thinking about my father, and how he’d react to being alive now, is a bittersweet emotion. Thinking about my two kids, and how they choose to be near me, is a purely sweet one.
The Bliss Car Wash Team