Last post was really about getting to know who you are as an individual and understanding your best qualities as well as your child's. I wanted to take this idea and expand it further. I suggest doing the same exercise but from your family's perspective.
Have your family gather around and pose the same questions: Who are you as a family? How would you describe your family? And, most importantly, why would you describe your family like that? We all bring something different to the table, so it will be interesting to hear your family’s perspective because when all of your forces are brought together, magic can happen.
I think Oprah said that "Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, is the foundation of everything great."
Once you know how to describe your family, you’ve developed that foundation! Now you can share it with your friends, neighbors and community. Make your own family crest, make banners of your favourite quotes, create a family motto and whatever you can think of to show your family solidarity. Put them outside for others to see or keep them inside for daily reminders, but do this as a family!
You as a parent, sibling, partner, child or family need to know who you are, so you know what you can offer to those around you. You have an abundance of gifts that you possess inside of you. What a joy it will be when the community around you gets to experience it first hand. If you’re a strong family, share your strength with one in need. If you’re musical family, write a song for others to enjoy. Share who you are individually and as a family. Be creative. Dig deep into what makes your family special, unique and a force to be reckoned with. Share your positivity and joy with others and you’ll get it back ten fold.
Now more than ever, we are relying on others to keep us safe. I know we can do more than just distance ourselves from others to prevent the spread of this disease. Let’s start spreading positivity from within our families, to our extended family, to our neighbors and even strangers. These unprecedented times have pushed us to our limits have brought us close to our breaking points, but we are still together. We are still moving forward with strength, resilience and gratitude. So, let’s be grateful for the time that we’ve been given with our family and use it to create some joy when we didn't think it was possible.
STAY HEALTHY & HAPPY!
Co-Founder of Witz & Marbles Inc.
*Written by a non-wicked step mom, a madly loving girlfriend, a fiercely loyal friend and a passionate teacher.*