Meaning of Family:
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
– Mother Teresa
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It’s inevitably that time of year yet again when family relations come to play and to the forefront. You may have successfully avoided many of your family members but now is the time you either look forward to seeing them, (remember that weird aunt that you have often wondered about where exactly her genes come from?)
But look closely and those ears and nose are probably a close a close match with your dad’s right? Wasn’t she also the one everyone claimed you looked like when you were a baby? – Though goodness only knows why people would make this ridiculous claim when secretly you know for sure that you resemble someone much more beautiful! Perhaps this claim makes that weird aunt feel part of the family – maybe…
Then there’s mum’s side – her lot keep turning up even though mum never quite invites them! And it’s the same old story every year because both families never really gelled to begin with…..Never mind – it’s all part of the art of getting the family together isn’t it?
This time of year can really get too much – but you try just as you did last year and the year before that! Being part of a family group is so much more powerful than you can imagine. You may take your family for granted but imagine your life without any one of their influence and you will be amazed at the impact they actually have on you.
So what is family and what does it comprise of?
“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” – Alex Haley
The nucleus family consists of the mother, father and their children. The extended family includes grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. You can’t quite live with them but life would be incomplete without them!
Of course in modern times, the traditional notion of this type of family is challenged and now families come in all shapes and sizes which is a whole different story in itself to say the least.
Families are increasingly being made up of stepparents as well as biological parents, which brings along it step brothers and sisters. There are also other complications that modern families can bring.
But all in all, we need a family for support, love and comfort. They are there for us during our trials and tribulations. We can be our true selves with our family whatever they are compiled of.
Because we are allowed to show our negative side to the family, perhaps this is why we end up having many clashes with the very people who love and support us the most – and I am not referring to abnormal families before many of you raise a reasonable objection with the complaint that I do not know how badly they have been treated at the hands of their family! I refer to the average family who love each other despite their ups and downs.
Remember these people are there for you when you need them the most so be kind, caring, understanding and loving to those you call family. Give them that special treatment they deserve. Be there for them as much as you can and you will find that they are there for you too. Take time and appreciate each other and enjoy the company of the family.