My father, Arthur Anthony Valenzuela was born April 29, 1938 in East Los Angeles, CA. Growing up, my Father couldn’t have played a more important role in my life. My Dad was extremely supportive, and encouraged me to take on any opportunity or challenge. He was the apple of my eye…whether it be a sport I had never played, a potential job opportunity or a disagreement with a friend he always taught me three key things about developing successful relationships.
Communication, Negotiation & Comprise.
These three words are more than words, they taught me to believe in myself and that anything was possible if we choose to communicate with each other.
As I was looking for a picture of my Father, I came across the one above which is from my wedding day, November 14, 1998. It is very meaningful to me as it marks a moment in my life where I realized the importantance of symbolism. While it's difficult for one to see with their naked eye, my Father is gifting me a ring. This ring was a symbolic representation of the three of us – Father, Mother and Daughter. A trilogy - similar to the trilogy I wear every day representing my three daughters – a metaphorical reminder of what is important in life – Family – remembering where you came from and the essence of who you are at your core.
When I think of my own Father, there are four words that come to the forefront of my mind to describe him: determined, generous, tenacious, and quiet-strength. I am grateful as he imparted these core qualities to me as some of my guiding elements day to day.
I am forever appreciative to have a Father that guided me and the wisdom he has shared along my journey. Thank you, Dad, you are still the apple of my eye no matter how old I get…I LOVE YOU!