From the President

Michael Horsfield
By Mike Horsfield, PT, MBA

Dear Friends,

Two fish were out for a swim one day when the older said to the younger, “The water sure is perfect today.” After contemplation, and with a look of confusion, the younger replied, “What is water?”

“I love you” was seldom spoken in the Horsfield house but was unconditional and never doubted. High expectations were measured in intent and effort, not outcome. A disappointed parent, not punishment, was the price of not doing your best. Getting asked to help out next time, not “thank you,” was the gratitude for a job well done.

Joining my first (and only) employer I was immediately immersed in a familiar culture where great work was rewarded with more work. Temporary comfort from knowledge acquisition was celebrated with harder questions. A place where being asked to help was the ultimate praise and invites to happy hours and partnership were the unwritten thank you notes.

Regretfully, for too many years I was oblivious and therefore ungrateful to all the individuals who contributed the nutrients to the invisible waters that gave me this wonderful life. This was evident as a young manager when I thought rescuing my co-workers versus asking them for help was the way to show appreciation. Forgetting the lessons of the past that the most beautiful cultures are created when ALL are sharing their unique gifts in meaningful ways. That an opportunity provided, not words spoken, is the best compliment one can receive.

Please join me during this month of Thanksgiving in reflecting:

Who has shaped the waters that have buoyed your success?

Do they know how much you appreciate them?

Who on your team has talents that if shared would enrich your workplace waters?

When have you walked past a door of opportunity because you were afraid to ask for help?

What must you do to ensure this doesn’t happen again?

APTA Private Practice is a member-driven volunteer organization whose magic lies in both your willingness to serve and your courage to ask for help. I am so grateful for all of you who care more than you should and have given so unselfishly of your time and talents. Please know what you do matters, is not going unnoticed, and is very much appreciated.

Thank You!

Together… We Got This!

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