Our Work in the World

Dad always said…

In honor of Father’s Day, we asked some of our yoga students what advice and wisdom they either heard from their dad or what they have shared with their own children or grandchildren. Here’s what they had to say:

 

“Base your decisions on what you know to be right not on what others say is right.” — Jeffrey Ellingboe

 

“Every time I put these shoes on, it’s like my dad is riding with me wherever I go.” — Chris Scherff, referring to wearing the shoes he received from his dad, Patrick, who passed away in 2010.

 

 

Enjoy your time with the kids, they are only little for a little while.

The days are long but the years go fast.

When you become a grandparent, you grow a second heart

— Neil Friedman

 

As to advice I gave my kids on dealing with life’s apparent ups and downs, I told them the Taoist parable of the Chinese farmer that I first read in a book by Alan Watts probably 50 years ago: Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer who owned a fine white stallion that ran away from the farm.  This was quite a loss to the farmer and his neighbors bemoaned how unfortunate it was for him but the farmer merely replied, “You never know.”  Some time went by and the stallion returned, bringing several mares with him.  His neighbors excitedly told the farmer how lucky he was but the farmer just said, “You never know.”  A couple of days later the farmer’s son tried to ride one of the new mares but it threw him off and he broke his leg. The neighbors told the farmer how sad they were about the boy’s injury but the farmer just said, “You never know.”  The next day a local war lord’s soldiers came through the village and conscripted all the young men into his army, except for the farmer’s son with the broken leg.  And the farmer said, “You never know.” — Dave Suggs