Family commitments can seem like just another time drain in our busy lives, but investing into these relationships could help to improve your happiness.
How many people have waited until a beloved family member was on their deathbed before really realising how important they were? How many parents are so busy that they barely find time to spend with the kids? When was the last time you made the trip back home to visit your own parents or relatives? Family has taken a backseat to our busyness in recent years. We have forgotten how the strength of a family unit can provide essential support and help us through even the darkest of moments.
Alright, I’ll admit it. Sometimes family members can be difficult to deal with. There are those moments in any family where that little thought creeps into our minds, “Am I really related to them?!” We don’t live in an idealistic world, but you do have the opportunity to build some bridges and restore, or simply improve, your family relationships.
But why bother? Family is incredibly important because we are all in need of a group of loyal supporters; no one cares more about us than those other members of our family. Knowing that you can count on your parents, children, spouse, brothers, sisters and even more distant members of your kin is a wonderful feeling. That reliance can help to take the weight off your shoulders, and allow you to find fulfilment in the rest of your life. Selfless love, understanding and appreciation; all are key characteristics in a fully functioning family unit.
If this sounds far away from your own experience of family, then the first thing to realise is that the change can start with you. By starting to live with the above relationship in mind, by desiring to serve and love without reward and simply by making the time to invest into your nearest and dearest, you could see a change sooner than you expect.
To learn more about how to engage with your family and to find your own sense of self-worth in a strong family relationship, take a look at my eBook in which we’ll deal with this concept in more detail.