My Father’s Legacy of Positivity


My dad lived through the Nazi occupation of Greece and his stories of that time continue to teach me, even in his absence, to embrace the beauty and goodness of life and not dwell on the negative. Despite being exposed to the horrors of war, executions, and famine, he still talked about the fun that he had sneaking off to the “Black Market” with my grandfather and uncles to exchange wares for food. Instead of vilifying the Nazi soldiers that killed groups of Greeks in front of his very young eyes he would gratefully remember the one who not only “looked the other way” but rather helped by throwing him into a moving train where his stowaway brothers were waiting. Today my dad would have been 86 years old. As I think about his life and legacy I am overwhelmed by his love, laughter, and light. Even in the depths of dementia he still managed to make us laugh. There is both good and bad in this world. We become what we focus on. He focused on the good, and has taught me to do the same. I see the good in you, all of you. ❤️🙏❤️

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny." --Mahatma Gandhi

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