It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
Family has always been the most important part of my life. It’s what brings me joy. It’s what gives me strength. It’s what gives me purpose. And, yes, it’s what gives me an identity.
I grew up in a family that emphasized the importance of putting family first. I grew up hearing about family values, family lore, and family expectations (of which there were many). In fact, as a child, I often felt like my family was way more important than any one individual—this one included.
Like any individual in a big family, I have struggled at times to find my own identity within the larger whole. It’s why I chose journalism over politics. It’s why I decided to live on the west coast over the east coast. (Just to name a couple of examples.) That said, I wouldn’t trade the family I grew up in for any other. And, the family I created with Arnold is my proudest achievement (by the way, it’s his 70th birthday today—happy birthday!).
Families are living, breathing entities. They change. They evolve. They need to be nurtured and cared for like any other living, breathing entity. To that end, I’m always interested in learning from others as to how they keep their families strong. I’m always interested in how strong families manage change and how they tell their story.
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