Having some hope and inspiration during difficult family times can make a difference in how you view your circumstances and your family members. Hearing other families' stories of triumph over hard situations can compel you to be grateful for your family and to work through tough times. Meaningful words about family and inspirational stories put your life and family in perspective and can be the motivation you need to live peacefully and happily with your family.
Working with refugees, who have faced much adversity, is a way to be inspired. About 1.8 million refugees have resettled in the United States since 1980. Volunteer as a cultural mentor or teach refugees English and you are likely to come away with messages of hope for your own family. Immaculee Nikuze, a Rwandan refugee resettled in Abilene, Texas, by the International Rescue Committee, had lost her husband and three children during the 1994 genocide in the Central African country. During the turbulence, she was also separated from her other three children and was later reunited with them and lived in refugee camps until coming to America. Here, she eventually earned her GED. Nikuze's story is extreme compared to life for most Americans, but it demonstrates that perseverance and hope are what keep families together through tough times.
Learning to appreciate your family is the message of Dr. Paul Pearsall, a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and clinical professor, in these words on QuoteGarden.com: “Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.” As you become encumbered with the requirements of daily living, you may find you have not stopped to thank your family members for their contributions to the family unit or simply to appreciate their presence in your life.
Today is all that you have with your family. Remembering to treat family members well is vital. A simple, anonymous quote from Inspirational Quotes Dot Asia puts this into perspective: “Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised and today is short.” Make the most of the time you have with your spouse, children, siblings and other family members.
Learning to forgive family members can heal even longtime rifts. Take the story of Sheryl Smith-Rogers, as detailed on GuidePosts.org. After leaving her husband of 20 years, she continued to reach out to her then-teenage son, who would not speak to her for more than two years. Her son eventually forgave her for divorcing his father. Her son later ended up marrying the woman she had introduced him to. At that wedding, 11 years after the divorce, Smith-Rogers braved talking to her ex-husband's family and was warmly received by a family member. She also danced with her ex-husband and felt forgiven and at peace.
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