Family and Community

Today I write about the times and trials of having a big family and how I look at it in a community. I come from a family of nine and sometimes that can be difficult, but I would not change it for the world. We have our issues but would be there for anyone that needs it. Just as we, as a family, are there through thick and thin so are our communities. We may bicker and fight about our opinions but in the end we are looking for the greater good for our group. We all suffer in different ways when something bad happens in our coummunity but we are all affected no matter what. Not all my family members are close but prior to our father’s passing we would all come together on special ocassions. Now we gather when we can and speak together as a group when we have to make family decisions or to support one another. Before today I didn’t think much of this as it relates to a community. Although our communities may not feel as if they come together, in times of trouble you have those in the community that you can count on. As I explore this community of mine I find individuals that keep to themselves as well as those that love to hold a conversation with those that will have them. These conversations although seemingly short are always informative on one level or another. Just as my family, when we conversate some may think “what are they talking about” while others find it fascinating. I implore you to take the time to listen to that neighbor that wants to talk, what they have to say may be more than just words coming out of their mouth. Exploring what someone says to you and how it is said can mean the difference between an argument or a meeting of the minds. You may have that one person in your community that you think is way out of whack. As I think of that one person in our family I realize that not everyone has the capacity to think about others as many of us do. Even in our communities we see people that go about their day without caring what others think about their actions and/or opinions. As I pause to think about this we do not know what is going on in that person’s head, as well as what has brought them to where they are. Maybe there is more to the story than what they are saying. If you can, reach out to that person and find a way to help, if only to nod when they are talking. Even if you do not understand what they are talking about or how they came to their understanding of whatever it is, always be polite. You never know what situation you will find yourself in the future. As we explore everyday life remember there are little glitches in everything around us we just need to learn how to embrace them for the better. Thank you for reading my post.

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