Tomorrow is Mother’s Day…one of several holidays that causes us to stop and think about family and to say thank you to them for all they do for us. Webster’s Dictionary defines family in a number of ways, many of which speak in some manner to the relatedness or connectedness of a group of people or things. I think my personal favorite out of all the definitions provided by Webster’s is, “a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation.” Family isn’t just the people under one roof…it isn’t just our blood relatives…it’s all the people in our lives who love us, care for us, guide us, protect us, help us, and support us. When you think of family in this way, you begin to realize just how big your family really is – your relatives, your closest friends and maybe even some neighbors and/or colleagues. Those people play a significant role in your life.  Whether you consciously think of them as family or not, they fulfill that role on a daily basis.

As humans we need one another. Even the most extreme introvert needs others to sustain themselves to some degree. It’s how we are built…it’s how we are designed…it’s part of what makes us human in the first place. And while we can all work on each other’s nerves from time to time and at times even hurt each other’s feelings, in the end we know our “family” is always here for us. Dr. Maya Angelou said it well, “I sustain myself with the love of family.” And indeed we do. We crave that love and support…we need it to survive and to thrive.

So, take a little time this weekend to think about all the “family members” in your life and to thank them for all they do for you. We are stronger because of them…and I would argue that we are also better versions of ourselves because we have our “family” along side us on this journey we call life.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the “mothers” in our lives!  Thank you for all you do for us!

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