Work-Life Balance: The Greatest Gifts are Touched With Heartstrings

by Dr. Ron Arndt

dental team appreciation tipsFather’s Day was a few weeks ago and, because of the gifts my two daughters gave me, it reminded me to think of how truly significant they were to me personally. My “favorite oldest” daughter, Ashley, knows I love really funny (sometimes off-color) movies and particularly the movie,The Campaign, with Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis. Guess what she gave Dad along with a love note? The Campaign. Brianne, my “favorite youngest” daughter, knows I cherish quiet, private time with my girls. What did she give me? Lots of hugs and “I love you Dad” along with an afternoon where we were together, bunched up on the couch while she took a nap next to Dad and I thanked GOD for my family.

Below is a communication Ashley shared with me many years ago and is worth repeating. Both my daughters recognize that, by identifying what Dad values and cherishes, they customize their gifts in the most meaningful ways.


Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days? But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don’t you think? So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?



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