The older I get, the more I realize the importance of family. I have heard countless stories from colleagues, and other people that when the matriarch or patriarch of the family passes on, sometimes the brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, and cousins cease to come together. We have generations of children growing up not understanding the importance of family get-together’s because THEIR parents are not instilling it in them.
The family unit has ALWAYS been the bedrock of our survival. Without it, we will eventually become like those children of God in the wilderness, wondering around aimless, with no sense of purpose or history or destiny.
Many of us have risen in the professional ranks. As a collective race of people we make more money than most of our ancestors. We have achieved a lot of greatness. We have conquered new territory, never conquered before in history.
With all of these accomplishments, the one thing that is missing is our sense of legacy. In my own family, I have seen this happening and it grieves me!
I was sharing with someone recently that he is truly blessed because his parents, grandparents, sisters, nieces, and nephews all love each other and are very supportive of each other. Many of us didn’t experience this growing up and continue not to experience this in our adult lives.
We can strive to leave a material inheritance to our children and our children’s children, but if we don’t begin to bridge the gap that is happening in our families, we are destined to be islands, living unto ourselves with no sense of legacy or purpose.
My challenge for all of is to re-examine our family relationships. After honest reflection, if we find that they are lacking in connection, I encourage us to find the courage to make the first step in establishing the necessary tools in order to bring about family connection, thus ensuring the family legacy continues!