Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Richard Bach

Yesterday while we made breakfast our friend the humble skunk was in our backyard. He or she slowly ambled to the side yard. I like the idea of non-violence but we have to be able to take care of ourselves and the skunk exemplifies this. I’ll leave you alone if you leave me alone they seem to say as they amble about unhurriedly.

Enjoying meals together as a family is a simple blessing. Being part of a family makes our lives complete. Our circle will grow and shrink depending on who can show up for family dinners, and the circumstances that occur in our lives. Sometimes the empty chair is almost unbearable, but bear it we must. We are left with memories of better times. If the missing person in our life got to the end of their life we can be grateful for the part they played in ours. We can be grateful for all the good times we had. If they are still alive and it is a breach that needs to be healed we can try and become the healer of the breach. Someone has to do it, why not us?

If we don’t try and heal the breaches between us, the breach will forever remain, but at some point, the person is no longer alive and we can never repair it. We will continue to live with the pain of our unhealed relationship. Can we forgive people even if we don’t talk to them? Can we forgive them even after their death? Not all relationships can be fixed, but we have to find some measure of peace, and forgiveness may be the way forward. Forgiveness does not say, we are okay with what was done to us. Forgiveness says we are making peace with what is, and what was, and we are not carrying the vitriol we feel anymore. Pain, hurt and betrayal, are not controlling any more of our life.

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Mother Teresa

Today is Family Day in Canada. It is a day to draw close to each other, talk, laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Family day is not only for those families that look perfect and act perfect. Being part of a family is messy, funny, maddening, empowering, and where we should feel loved, accepted, understood, and encouraged.

Family is important for all of us; it is where we find our first sense of belonging. It is where we learn to relate to others, how to act, how to love and be loved. Our families have in many cases done the best they could throughout time to get their children to adulthood and create families of their own. The fact that we are here is a testament to our families surviving into the next generation.

Our society can only be strong if our families are strong. Building a family is a testament to our faith in the future. It shows our trust that it is worth building a family to take our genes into the next generation.

Of all the things I’ve done in my life building, a family holds the most significance. There is nothing else we can do that can give us what family gives us. It is our responsibility to take our place in society, and help build it, even if we don’t have children ourselves we can strengthen our society by supporting those who do.

Today can we be grateful for those people in our life we call family? Can we hug them a little tighter? Make a call if we can’t see them, to say I love you, and thanks for being in our life?

Nothing in the world can take the place of family. Not all people we consider part of our families are related by blood. Can we continue to build our family, and widen our circle by embracing those we meet along the way?

Love your family. Spend time, be kind and serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised and today is short. Unknown

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. Jane Howard

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. Lee Iacocca

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