By Sharon Remington
Family consists of people who look after us and teach us the lessons in life that a school or textbook could never teach us. Each member identifies his/her responsibility of imbibing the true values of family in you, such as patience, care, understanding and commitment. This makes you different from the rest.
Our family brings out the best and worst in each one of us. A family is the bond, you get to know your parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members, just by observing how these relationships blend with each other and understanding of one another allows us to know the importance of family.
Family is important to everyone in the world. Each person has a different and unique family in their heart. A foundation supports a family. When there is any crisis the family can endure because of the stability of the relational structure.
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When people think about the definition of family, they usually say something towards feeling connected because they share similar views of the world. While some family members may differ on views on some topics, most members will keep the most influential beliefs intact.
When describing yourself, do you ever tell people what you believe in? Do you talk about your personality traits? Do you talk about what influences the decisions you make? You probably do in one way or another, and this derives from values instilled in you by your family. Families provide a setting for personal growth. A family works together to triumph over struggles and to provide happiness to each of its members.
Families provide all members with security, identity and values, no matter what age. When there is a family member who feels insecure or unsafe, he can turn to his family for help. He learns about a sense of self and obtains a foundation for the rest of his life.
In the handbook of family communication, editor Anita Vangelisti, A Professor at the University of Texas, writes: “Communication is what creates families. When family members communicate, they do more than send messages to each other–They enact their relationships.” Vangelisti goes on to say, “It all boils down to this: Good family communication is important because families are what we often turn to for support, if families aren’t communicating, support systems can fall apart.”
Our family can be blood, or some people consider their friends to be their ‘real’ family. Your family will help to achieve all your goals. There are many formats a family can take, all that matters is that people who consider each other to be family love and take care of each other.
For the last couple of years, I’ve had the good fortune and opportunity to share in events with my boyfriend’s family. I have met his entire family except for a grandson who lives in California. From my observations on many occasions, they are a warm, loving, caring and thoughtful family. We spend a great deal of time with his son and daughter-in-law. A fondness filled my heart immediately upon our first dinner out with them.
Christmas is an event that goes on for three days, visiting relatives and spending time with his Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, which is a treat. His family has a strong and secure bond. There is a great sense of community when everyone gets together. The family reunion is in July and I can’t wait. These are the reminders of the importance of family.
Don’s Family: The Dickinsons
My name is Sharon Remington. I graduated with the Charter Class of Sterling Heights School In 1973. College courses include psychology, interior design, and computers. After working a variety of jobs, I then went on to graduate from the Fashion School of Beauty. I became a licensed Nail technician and worked in Shelby Township. In 2002 I had an opportunity to move to the Blue Water area and have been loving it ever since! One of my passions is volunteer work. Currently, I am an Ambassador for an area senior independent living.
The setting is a community of residents all living under one roof. I call it a mini-resort. The people come from all walks of life are friendly and a pleasure to be around. Some of my interest include water, gardening, crafts, poetry, animals and long walks. I also collect nautical articles from different places I visit. I look forward to being a part of Blue Water Healthy Living Magazine. My goal is to bring material that is appealing to its reader’s.