Life is a Gift That you Must Unwrap and Family is the Most Precious One!

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“I’ve learned that all a person has in life is family and friends. If you lose those, you have nothing!”

First and foremost, family isn’t always blood. They’re the people in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – those who motivate you to support you, the ones who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways, and who not only embrace who you are now, but also embrace and embody who you want to be. Family members can be your best friends. And best friends, whether or not they’re related to you by blood, can be your family.

Life is a Gift That you Must Unwrap and Family is the Most Precious One, Family is built with love; it’s not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and formal adoption documents.  Families grow from the heart, through mutual love and respect.  The only time family becomes nullified is when the ties in the heart are cut.  If you cut the ties, these people are not your family.  If you build the ties, these people are your family.  So build and maintain ties with the right people and nurture them with love every day.

Family bonds are tied with true love, and true love involves attention, consciousness, self-discipline, effort, and with the ability to care about someone and sacrifice for them, continuously, in countless petty little unsexy ways, every day. You put your arms around them and love them regardless, even after they’re no longer very lovable. And of course they do the same for you.

If you want to know what a healthy family is, it’s one where each and every member of the family wakes up each morning and says, “This is worth it. You all are worth it. I am happy you are in my life.” It’s about sacrifice. It’s about knowing and understanding that some days you will have to do things you dislike just to make the people you love smile, and feeling completely delighted to do so. That’s what it means to “be family.

Family is precious. Family is the most influential element of your life from the moment you’re born until the moment you die. Your family shapes who you are as a person.

But sometimes, no matter how honest and kind you try to be, you will every now and then step on the toes of the people closest to you.  And this is exactly why patience and forgiveness are so vital.  Patience is the ability to let your light shine on those you love, even after your fuse has blown.  And forgiveness is realizing deep down that they didn’t mean to blow your fuse in the first place.

Patience and forgiveness can be bitter at first, but however the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit in the end.

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In your life experience, what helps create strong family ties?  Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts with the community.

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