It Starts at Home

art of tree with roots“A happy family begins with love, mutual respect, compassion, and kind words” ` Teri Mirikitani

Why do people feel they have permission to say improper or unkind things to family that they would never consider saying to others? Since family is a place of unconditional love, people may have a false sense of security to speak freely. Having no filter when it comes to family allows negativity to seep into your home. Instead of a place of love, comfort and safety, it becomes a place of pain, sadness and discouragement.

Family is the greatest source of love, support and encouragement. It is a cohesive group of people who are there to help one another grow in life, enjoy life and navigate life. Consequently, if we choose not to honor our family, we most likely will be unable to honor anyone, personally or professionally. Family is not a place to allow manipulation, guilt or expectations to linger. It will thrive as an oasis of honesty, respect and compromise.

Avoid taking family for granted. Practice communicating in a clear, gentle and precise manner. It is more effective and helps foster cooperation and promote a happier and soothing living environment. Strive to treat family better than you would treat a friend or work colleague. The return on investment is love and peace.

It starts at home. Remind yourself that your family is a gift of warmth, laughter, and hope. Family is witness to the story of our life. They see us through all our stages of learning, trying, failing, succeeding and ultimately growing. They know us better than anyone in the world and that connection is the root of all we are.

Families are like branches on a tree.
We grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.
 – Teri Mirikitani

Keep it simple,
Just Teri





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