I just bawled my way through an entire episode of “Brothers and Sisters.” For those of you that watch this show, you can relate for those of you that don’t, let me explain. This show can be a little annoying at times; just as in real life. It is a show about family dynamics; the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
Maybe I am overly emotional today because my fifth grand child was born yesterday and I wasn’t able to be there. I was present when all of my other grand children were born and the longing in my heart to hold and welcome this new addition to our family is overwhelming. He is a beautiful baby with his entire life stretched out before him. He has begun his journey and will not face it alone. He has a village of loving and supportive people to guide him through his life, share in his joy and accomplishments; and to pick him up when life is unkind or confusing. He is a lucky, little boy!
Back to the show; this episode is the epitome of family relationships. It displays that while there is often contention, that contention is balanced by acceptance. Where there is uncertainty, there is also hope. Every family often disagrees about practically everything under the sun, but when the sun goes down, we are all still family. We may not have a perfect family, but they are ours. They are extensions of who we are, where we came from and where we are going.
Sometimes life is kind, sometimes it is not. We often face challenges that seem insurmountable and daunting. When you find yourself facing a mountain that is difficult to climb, remember to reach out to your family and allow them to support and encourage you along your way. Don’t spend your life being angry or holding grudges, keeping a scorecard of misgivings is not a good idea. When I speak of family, I am also speaking of my friends. We have no choice in our genetics, but we do have a choice in our families. Sometimes we choose them, sometimes they choose us.
Regardless of how your family tree has grown its’ branches; embrace them. Be grateful to have them in your life. Forgive graciously and love and laugh abundantly. None of us know how or when our journey will end, but please make the most of it while you are here!