My Father, The Alchemist A reflection on the lessons my dad taught me

My father was my best friend. He was my cheerleader, my confidant, my benefactor, my mentor, my safe place. On November 2, 2013 I lost him to a sudden and unexpected complication of a minor outpatient surgery. I can play the moment I learned he was gone like a movie in my mind; an epic tragedy if ever there was one. But as Sophocles argues is the outcome of any tragic experience, I underwent a catharsis as I reflected on the many lessons I was fortunate enough to learn from him during the time I was blessed to spend with him. That same year I read Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist for the first time. Within this beautifully simple story I heard the wisdom of my father reflected and felt a sense of peace as I came to understand that my father lived a life fulfilled; a life dedicated to his own personal legend.

"It's a funny thing Punk, the harder I work, the luckier I seem to get." CArl A. Peternell

"Have a 5, 10, and 15 year plan but always look for the door you didn't expect to be open. It's important to know where you're going, but you have to respond to life's unforeseen opportunities."-caP

"I've been out watering and talking to my friends."-CAP

"Do what makes you happy. Make it your job." -CAP

"Stay in the moment"- CAP

"Do all things with love and purpose." -CAP

"Marriage means loving someone enough to let them live out their dreams, it means supporting another person in fulfilling their purpose here on earth." -CAP

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