We Never Outgrow the Need for Family

Our families are a part of us and make us who we are. This is not just for the first 18 years of our life, but our families are for a lifetime. We are part of our family when we are a baby, when we are a child, a teenager, an adult, a grandparent. They may grow, shrink, change, but it is all family.

Families are for…

For some of us, our lifelong families are the ones we were born with. For others of us, it is a new family, which may not have a long history, but has a long future. Some of our families may be very large and others may be very small. Regardless of origin or makeup, our families are the repositories of some of our most important memories and contain some of our most important people.

It is never too late to mend fences with family members who are estranged. It is never too late to ask someone who is lonely to join in with your family. It is never too late to bring a child who is missing that most fundamental sense of belonging and connectedness into your family. It is never too late to start making your family the safe place you want it to be. It is never too late to start appreciating the gift of having a family.

Embrace your family. Love them. Love their imperfections and quirks. Love them when they embarrass you. Love them when they hurt. Love them abundantly. You can’t use up love and there is no better place to start trying than to love your family.

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