This is a 5-part series about a few affirmations that have assisted myself and others during times of adversity and challenges. Each affirmation is inspired by an uplifting poem. Maybe you can lean on them too when facing your own obstacles in life.
Family Is My Most Valuable Asset
Families come in many shapes and sizes. They are alive and capable of growing or deteriorating. They shift and move through time and moments changing and transforming into different forms of existence. But one constant remains the same, it is still family.
It’s a little known fact that no one is perfect. Families consist of a collective of related, imperfect individuals who may or may not get along on a regular basis. They are the first support network that affect our self-identity as we grow and learn within a community. They stand up for you when you can’t hold yourself up. They encourage you when you feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. They make a soft place to land if you happen to fall. They are family.
What happens when you grow at odds with those you love most? What happens when you push them away, hurt them or maybe even lash out at them? How does it make you feel in the end? How does it make your family member or members feel? Do you ever stop to ask yourself if having that fight was worth it?
Without family, the world can be a lonely place. It can be hard to find where you fit in especially if you’ve ever felt as if you don’t fit into your family. The most peculiar thing about life is the ability to exercise forgiveness. Acknowledgement, empathy and apologies are the cornerstone ingredients to mending broken family bonds. Making time to be aware of how important it is to have a place to call home and people to share it with allows internal healing, growth and prosperity to occur.
Everyday provides a new opportunity to expand your capacity for mending and bonding the relationships that matter most. Be sure to show love to all members of your family even when it feels like the equivalent of hearing nails on a chalkboard.
Please enjoy our inspiration for this affirmation!
Life's Scars They say the world is round, and yet I often think it square, So many little hurts we get From corners here and there. But one great truth in life I've found, While journeying to the West- The only folks who really wound Are those we love the best. The man you thoroughly despise Can rouse your wrath, 'tis true; Annoyance in your heart will rise At things mere strangers do; But those are only passing ills; This rule all lives will prove; The rankling wound which aches and thrills Is dealt by hands we love. The choicest garb, the sweetest grace, Are oft to strangers shown; The careless mien, the frowning face, Are given to our own. We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best. Love does not grow on every tree, Nor true hearts yearly bloom. Alas for those who only see This cut across a tomb! But, soon or late, the fact grows plain To all through sorrow's test: The only folks who give us pain Are those we love the best. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
If you have had to overcome family disagreements, leave a comment and share how you enacted conflict resolution!
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