Good evening, I trust that this post finds you all well. This week's theme is "family." I post in Facebook as well, and since that theme is prevalent in my thoughts, I will keep it moving.
What is family? Family is that group of people into which you or I were born, along with others. It's often a mixed bag of personalities, individuals, beliefs, talents, and dreams. It's also that other group--the ones we choose. The friends who are there to listen when we need an objective or subjective ear. They are the people we go to church with, the ones we play with, the ones we work with. They become our family too, sometimes they are more family than our biological one. Regardless of which family definition you are thinking of, they are special to us. We hold a special place in our hearts for them. When they hurt, we hurt; when they celebrate, we celebrate with them.
Many times with family, it is easier to hold anger against them. Point in fact-- many many years ago, my family and I were at a wedding, and someone managed to splatter bar-b-que sauce all over the front of my gown (it was an evening wedding). I was furious, and my sister was right there, and truly had nothing to do with the incident, but it was easier for me to lash out at her than the actual person who caused the accident. (I guess I need to forgive myself and ask my sister for forgiveness for that one.) But you can see what I mean about family. They are part of us, and we tend to take things out on them because, well you can't choose your family. Well, not your biological one anyway.
But family, whatever kind, is special. So, treasure them. Tell them that you love them, even if that is difficult to do. Be kind to them, and be grateful every day for them. Because when the chips are down, I'll bet they'll be there for you.
In the end, family is a big part of what makes us who we are. When we learn to glean the good things and set aside the not so nice things, we will grow and learn to fly. Until next time, I send you all Love, Light, Peace, and Joy!
I'm just an ordinary person on my path to enlightenment. I enjoy learning, and lately I'm learning how to enjoy the challenges that present themselves as opportunities for me to grow. I hope that you find encouragement and inspiration through this blog.