Monday, February 7, 2011

The Real Truth About Your Family

Whether your family is your source of inspiration or not, the role they play in your success and happiness is bigger than you think.

Free Daddy and His Little Shadow Girls at The Skate Park
by D. Sharon Pruitt

Tell me . . . are family and success mutually exclusive? Can you possibly misplace your family in your hierarchy of priorities?

Answers vary, of course. What is true in your case?

There are people in all walks of life who have happy family lives. A lot of the multi-millionaires have happy family lives. Many of them would owe their success to the love and support of their family.

On the other side of the matter, there are stories of family breakups, or suffering spouses, and you may never know the full story behind. But when someone's success in career or business has a family break-up that goes with it, do you happen to wonder whether the success has been worth it?

There's a quote that says,
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family”
~ Anthony Brandt
Some people agree with this, perhaps some don't. How about you? What do you think?

There's another quote that says,
I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.
~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford
What has been your experience? Has your family been a source of inspiration? or has it been otherwise?

Fact is, a family is very proximate to us not just physically, but more importantly, emotionally. A quarrel with colleagues in the office don't count nearly as painful as a quarrel with another member of the family. When we get emotional support in the family, it's a big deal to everyone that I have spoken to so far.

Having your family rally behind you in your moment of vulnerability is a tremendous boost in energy. In fact, we oftentimes treat those who help us in our most terrifying moments as family, don't we?

Conversely, their lack of support can drain you big time. The world is full of stories of people growing up with unexpressed resentments for their family. This in turn has slowed them down at some point.

After all is said and done...
Blood's thicker than water,
and when one's in trouble
Best to seek out a relative's open arms.
~Author Unknown
Have you been able to seek out your family's open arms lately? If yes, then you are enjoying one of life's greatest gifts.

If the answer is no, what has stopped you? Is it guilt? or is it hate? or is it pain? What needs to happen about that today?

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