Ramona’s Trainer: ‘The Dash’

By Peter San Nicolas

This past week I was told that one of my wife’s family members passed away. My wife, Shayna, was not close to this person, but we went and paid our respects and supported the family. No doubt we have all experienced a loss of a loved one, and if you haven’t it’s pretty much a guarantee that you will.

My grandfather, Commander Van Reeder, passed away almost 15 years ago and I can remember walking away from his funeral service thinking, “Wow, Grandpa really effected and affected hundreds of people during his lifetime.” One by one people I had never seen or met stood up and told a story about how this man with a formal education only as high as the eighth grade was generous, caring and genuine, and how he made a difference in their lives. He had to quit school around 13 to caddie to make money to help support the family, and he told himself that one day he would be able to have a club membership at a prestigious golf course, and he did at San Diego Country Club many years later.

As his rank and reputation grew in the Navy, he would go out of his way to help those in need financially and emotionally. He ran the commissary stores in San Diego and led by example and never hesitated to get his hands dirty and lend help to the lower ranks. I remember at San Diego Country Club at Sunday brunch how he would know each employee’s name and their life story and he treated each one of them with the respect that he coveted as a caddie when he was a boy. He went so far as to give money to an employee to help with late house payments, counsel couples, and give business ideas, advice and loans to those who wanted to start a business.

The title of this column is “The Dash,” a book by Simple Truths and an easy must read for everyone. The dash on your headstone. What will it stand for and how will you be remembered?

My grandfather’s dash was filled to the brim. No, this is not about physical fitness, it’s about life fitness. My grandfather made a grand impression on me and hundreds of other people who were not even related to him.

What about you? Now is the time to create your legacy and to work on that small line between the years of your birth and your death.

Let’s be deliberate about this. Here are some steps, and I want you to do them right here in the paper. Grab a pen and let’s get to work.

List your three most important areas in your life and three things you want to be remembered for in regards to these areas.













We get one chance to make use of our dash. We often go through life living on accident. Now is the time to LIVE ON PURPOSE and fill that thin line between the years with a legacy to remember.

Peter San Nicholas owns Ramona Fitness Center at 558 Main St.

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