Do you celebrate Father’s Day? Not everyone grew up with one, but everyone has one. I know some who grew up with a Step-father or father figure. Just like Mother’s Day, this American holiday gives us a reminder to take some time and give Fathers thanks. What are you thankful for?
Someone once asked me, “What did your Father give you as you have grown?” The question was not about financial support or gifts like toys. It was focusing on character qualities and lessons.
This made me think for a long time. I can easily think of my Mother giving me lessons in the kitchen, on canvass or even in the garden. This is a good exercise to figure out what you are grateful for with relationships. My father taught me to try any sport. To always try to be on time. He taught me by poor example too. But, I don’t think I’ll be thanking him for those in his Father’s Day card!
The Father of Hen Sen Herbs
In her practice, her father, Hen Sen Chin, helps Juli to this day as she finds his notes in books. He was her teacher as a child helping him in his practice. He is the father of Hen Sen Herbs. Do you know the story?
Coming to America with his parents in 1938, Mr. Chin returned to China to visit an Uncle and discovered a passion for Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine. He studied and earned an herbalist degree giving him ability to practice Herbal Medicine in China. He returned to Seattle in 1950 with his knowledge and took on the title of “consultant” since Chinese Herbal Medicine was not considered a valid medical practice, but many of his patients called him “Doc” anyway.
His first shop opened up in Seattle’s International neighborhood. He helped many through his 53 years in practice, even teaching stretching exercises once a week for many years,and even bringing in martial artists to teach other practices. He respected everyone and encouraged women to learn as well as men.
Mr. Chin understood people in a way that made him both compassionate and patient, acting much like a Father would. He would listen to his patients for a long time, as long as they needed, then get right to the root of the problem. Often patient’ would come in with a long story and long medical diagnosis, and he’d focus on the source of the problem to allow people to learn to heal themselves.
He had a bad habit: he smoked from an early age. But, once he became and Herbalist, he knew it was bad long before scientific studies were published to convince people. What he did to control it was kind of funny. He’d cut his cigarets into fourths. Then, he’d allow himself a smoke, but would not inhale. It was the action of the bad habit that he was addicted to and he allowed himself that luxury. But, he also knew that when he was sick, he could not indulge. He did his best to teach his patients the same lesson to empower them to heal themselves and face their bad habits. He often told him what changes they needed and could make.
As a daughter helping her father, Juli, learned by listening and watching as her father diagnosed patients and helped prepare herbs. At a young age she was encouraged to taste and smell each one, becoming familiar with over 200 different herbs. Juli continued in her Father’s foot steps and returned to China to earn her Traditional Chinese Herbalist credentials.
Whatever you Father taught you, don’t forget to give thanks!