Honoring Our Gifts: Family Relationships

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{Christina’s Gift Perspective}

Honoring Our Gifts (6)Family… our first connections. For some of us, this is harder than for others. Charlie has the sweetest memories of family. He has loving memories of his grandparents, his parents and siblings – not to mention cousins, aunts, uncles, second-cousins and on and on. His gifts are easy to list.

On the other hand, I don’t know most of my non-nuclear family. My childhood memories are not quite as sweet as his loved, carefree childhood seemed to be. It can be a hard thing to get over, not having the ideal childhood especially if we still struggle with those relationships today.  However, there are still gifts – even if family is a struggle.

Someone said to me a few months ago – “what if your family is exactly what you needed to become the awesome person who holds space for others to heal? What if the experiences, feelings and beliefs you have because of your family led you to be who you are – even if that seems very different from who they are? Maybe they are the gifts you needed.”

Ugh.

You know what we call those? AFGO‘s – Another Fabulous (or substitute your f-word here) Growth Opportunity.

Painful. That’s why they call it work.

So take a moment to get grounded. Take a few deep breaths and think about one or two of your familial relationships. What gifts have they offered? Maybe it’s wisdom, characteristics, the way you do things, music, comfort OR maybe it’s lessons on how you want to show up in the world (or don’t), how to think for yourself, how to stand with your convictions or something else less directly modeled.

How can you honor those gifts?

Some of my ideas:

  • Tell them about the gifts they’ve offered you if that feels right.
  • Use those gifts or do the things they’ve given you.
  • Send blessings to them whether they are here or have passed.
  • Teach someone else something they’ve taught you.

How are you going to honor your gifts today?

Simple ways to be grateful for our gifts. And of course, you don’t have to stick to our calendar – you can be grateful for anything that comes along today. This is just a prompt.

I’d love to hear what you are honoring today and how you are doing it. Check in with us and leave some comments.

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