The Heart at Home
Peace at home is precious treasure. Demonstration of love, harmony, and joy on the home front is priceless and a delight to experience. The family dynamic is major for developments that span far beyond the walls of dwellings. What happens in families affects much that develops in society. Family discord proves to be harmful on multiple levels. It’s vital for our future that we strive, in earnest, to contribute what is beneficial for wholeness in the family structure.
Mutual respect should be the order of every day. Kind extensions go far in relationships. When we’re sensitive to the needs and desires of others, the results can be constructive for the positive unity that should be our aim. Inevitably, disagreements do arise; what makes the crucial difference is how we respond to them.
Adults in homes have a responsibility to set the tone of behavior in households. We are accountable to exhibit decent conduct to teach the youth how to live honorable lives. Courtesy should regularly be on display in homes. Parents and guardians have roles to promote respect, and to habitually help to do all that is essential for wholesome family existence. Team objectives should start at home. Every team member has stakes in accomplishments to win. Winning emerges when combination positive efforts and deeds assure victories. Life being what it is, not every situation will result in instant agreement, gratification, or answers. Winners, though, rise above obstacles and press on to advance.
People yearn, on different levels, to feel secure. We expect where we dwell to be a safe refuge from what we encounter outside of where we retreat for foundational love, confidence, validation, and comfort. Far too often, people reside in places that are fraught with discord and division as the dominant disposition. It’s a great relief that some people excel in spite of consistent negative family ordeals. The heartbreaking reality is that too many youth don’t escape the damage done by the adults in their lives. Increasingly, the family breakdown is a prime contributor to the menaces in our society.
Hope for family solutions is possible when we decide to build up what, for many, has largely been neglected. Our duty is first to examine individually where we fail then to positively change, the best that we know how, what is defective in character. No, we cannot change everything, but certainly we can change something. When we’ve sufficiently dealt with individual aspects, we can effectively deal with issues as a collective unified body of people whose primary common denominator is decent and healthy families.
We can commit to regularly show love and respect to others. We can pledge to have mindsets that operate in excellence for all in which we’re involved. We can purpose to be steadfastly honest in the whole of our affairs. We can be consistently reliable. Our reputations should be such that it’s clearly known that, faithfully, we’re people of honorable character with proven integrity. Our commitment in those important areas will surely impact youth who witness our constant quality behavior.
In the days of my youth, it was a frequent occasion to have family meals at the table together. It was common in my home to have breakfast and dinner as a family. The memories are fond of those periods of bonding. We had food prepared from fresh sources; no microwaving then! I can remember mornings being in bed and breathing in the aroma of Mama’s delicious cooking. The scents would summon me to the kitchen. Together, after meals, our family would wash and dry the dishes.
My mother, Helen, in so many ways, was love in action. For years she was a housewife. It was a solid pleasure to have her present when we returned home from school. A flood of gratitude comes to mind for my mother’s choice to be home for her children. Words cannot adequately convey how meaningful it was to have her there as a steady constant.
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