The stream and ponds are full now, with all the rain. Lotus leaves have appeared on the surface of the ponds. The beauty of green is everywhere. Frogs croak. An empty Canadian Goose nest lies on an island with the remains of egg shells. It’s hard to tell whether the babies survived. I hope so. A goose was sitting there just last week. Can’t find any evidence of young geese anywhere yet. They must be somewhere. Spring is so full of anticipation and wonder. I want to see it all!
It’s great to be writing to you again after so many months. Sometimes it’s good to stop, take a breath and step back for awhile. Hope you find what’s been resting and deepening in me these past few months, helpful to you and your family, as you look at how you can live a more connected, celebrated life.
Here is an article, Family Connection: Looks Like, Feels Like. A huge part of my work is about connection. So here is what I think connection is. What family connection means. Looks like, feels like. And why I think it’s important enough to spend part of my life writing and talking about it. Helping others deepen it n their lives. I hope it helps you reflect on what connection means to you. And why it’s important to take time out of your life to grow it.
Your partner in creating family connection,
Family Connection: Looks Like, Feels Like
|A Connected Family Of Turtles At The Park
Hanging Out Together On A Log
For decades now, I have been noticing how our celebrations and rituals hold a huge potential for us to build community. To deepen our connection to each other.
And what I mean by connection is relationship.To create celebrations that intend to build relationship. That are designed to make it stronger. Deeper. More long lasting. Our relationship to ourselves. Partner. Children. Our family members to each other. Relationships with co-workers. Within our schools and colleges. Neighborhoods and other communities that touch our lives. Anytime we gather together to meet. And we are doing this every day and around the year. So there is a huge potential when we gather to strengthen, to build relationship.
A potential to go beyond surface conversations and judgmental thoughts. To really get to know someone. Especially what they most care about. And what their strengths are. Discover, deepen, what you love about them.
I think that as a culture, we long for this kind of deeper connection. To be known by others and appreciated. Seen for who we are. To matter to someone else. To feel a sense of belonging in a family, in a community. But this doesn’t just happen. Too often, this opportunity is missed. I think that connecting with others is something to practice and develop. To intend to do.
So what does family connection look like, feel like? Here are some thoughts.
So family connection doesn’t mean an absence of conflict. But does build on that connection to return to peace. It is fertile ground to grow personally and in relationship to others. It offers a feeling of home, where you are known and appreciated for just being yourself. It needs regular feeding and redirecting. But builds bonds so strong they can last a lifetime. It requires making choices, priorities, setting boundaries. And it is a school for team building and a high quality of listening. Wow! All that wrapped up in family connection!
Ultimately, a connected family looks and feels like the world we all long to create for our children and for all human kind. What better place to begin than in our own homes, with our own relationships. And ourselves.
Hope this has been helpful to you and gotten you thinking more about what family connection is all about, especially in your own life. What it looks like, feels like. Hope this has inspired you to seek it out more for yourself and your family. It sure has inspired me to write about it!
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Let me know what thoughts you have about this. I would love to hear from you. More articles coming soon. I promise.
Your partner in growing connected families,