Every day I encounter situations where my actions are a direct result of the teachings of my parents. From the need to treat every person (customer, vendor, employee, spouse and child) with dignity and respect to the business decisions I must make daily, I find my actions are guided by the fundamental values instilled by my parents. My work ethic is a direct result how I was raised and the hard work which both of my parents demonstrated on a daily basis. I can remember many long days at my parents business in Denver helping with a project or a customer because the work "just had to get done".
In recent years there has been too much focus on the "me generation" without consideration for how ones own actions affect others. What is in it for me seems to be more important to many than what is right or best in the long term. Regardless of ones religious or political views it all goes back to what my father instilled in me - "If you were on the other side of the table would your decisions and actions be the same". Remember character is what you do when you think no one is watching. Simply put remember the "golden rule". I try hard to guide my actions based on this philosophy.
As a parent I find myself returning to the values of both of my parents in raising my children. I consider myself a strict parent and it does not bother me if I am not my kids best friend. It is my job to teach and nurture a value system which they will use for the rest of their lives. My actions are based on love and the hope that my parenting skills will continue the tradition which my parents provided to me. The strict discipline and values of my father have served me and those around me well for nearly 50 years.
In our busy daily lives sometimes it is hard to step back and say "Thanks" to those who have provided so much guidance and love. Gene and Betsy Hershey - THANK YOU for all of your hard work and love. My father is very ill and I know his time with us is very limited. I may not see him again but be assured his teachings and love will continue to guide me for the many years ahead.
W Brad Hershey