Sunday, June 28, 2009
I have been very fortunate to be part of a loving if somewhat crazy family.
We need, desperately need, family. If we do not have an extended birth family we will search for family in other places and this is why we will belong to communities: communities such as SparkPeople and the teams that make up the SparkPeople Community as a whole.
I have often asked myself what exactly makes up a family. What keeps a family together and how can we be of service to one another?
The advantage, or disadvantage, depending on how you may look at it, of the family that you are born into or adopted into is permanence. We can not cease being a member of our birth family even if we leave it physically and or emotionally. Our DNA will always connect us to those who have conceived us.
Other family communities are Churches and various organizations such as the Elks, Masons, community organization and the like.
The online communities are the newest and they certainly are fascinating ways to become part of a family.
It takes time to make a family however, time and commitment. A family needs history, support and love to make it work. Perhaps there is much to learn from each other on line. Perhaps there are things that we can learn here that can help us with our birth families.
If we can learn to communicate well here, make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, we will be able to communicate better with our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children.