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What is Family?
I was really moved to write this as it has been on my mind lately since I have been working with my 91-year-old uncle.
Funny how I have had many interesting comments since taking him under my care.
“Is he your father’s brother?”
“Is he your mother’s brother?”
No he is neither, he is actually my father’s cousin by adoption.
“So why are you taking on this burden when he is not even direct family?”
I find it very interesting how so many, although not all, in our society view this situation as a burden.
So I ask you. . .who do you consider family?
What do you see as parameters to this title?
I had been told growing up that “blood is thicker than water”, meaning that blood relations will always be there for you and to support you.
What I have found to be true, however, is that it does not matter if one is related by blood or not.
I have wonderful friends (who I consider family) that have supported me through the years with their love, honesty, and compassion. They have stayed by me through the ebb and flow of life, just as I have been there for them. They know more about me than my own blood relatives.
Yet I am very blessed to have a wonderful immediate family who are very close and respectful of one another. Many cannot say the same in this world today.
We have built an incredible community of individuals at YogaHub, many of whom I would call “family”. Would I do for them what I am doing for my uncle? The answer is yes.
What and who is family to you?
Something to consider before it is possibly too late and you don’t have precious moments to share with those individuals.
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