OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.”

Unknown

In the words of my son, “I will do this until I get the best of everything. #motivated!”

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Happy 4th of July from The Family Meeting.

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” – Author Anthony Brandt

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.”

James Earl Jones (1931-)
Voices and Silences (1993)

Sharing feelings and thoughts through language is the essence of our purpose and goal here at The Family Meeting.

Hope that you are enjoying it and much as TFM enjoys producing it!

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY-“OUR CHILDREN NEED THEIR FATHERS OR A FATHER FIGURE!”

While seated in my barber’s chair this afternoon, he told me a bittersweet story about a man (who turned out to be both my cousin and my fraternity brother ’06). The man attended an activity (my barber was unsure what the activity was) for his son and afterwards invited his son’s buddy (who had nobody at the activity for him) to go and get some ice cream and hang out for a few minutes before taking the buddy home.

While dropping his son’s friend off at his home, the young man asked the father if it would be ok if he could have a hug too. Almost in tears, the father gave the young man a big hug before sending him into the house.

You see the buddy had witnessed the loving, nurturing, and strong behavior of his friend’s father towards his son during their short time together and simply wanted in his own life something that he probably had never experienced, or if he did, was not experiencing it at that point in his life.

Our children need us!

If you are a present and dedicated father, keep up the hard work. If you are an absent father, please figure out a way to return to your child’s life and don’t demonize the mother…….the child will figure all of that out on his or her own. If you see a young person that needs a father, be a father figure…..my cousin did and it brought tears to his eyes!

“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!”  — Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”       Confucius

Changing the world begins one person, one family, one community, one city, one state, one nation at a time. So I guess it all starts with each of us.

Focusing on setting my heart right today! How about you?

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal — and soon they’ll forget my number.” ~Edith Armstrong

The month of May has been tough for several reasons, not the least of which is the loss of my Godmother.

I vow to fight my way through the doubt, anxiety, and fear so that they will soon forget my number.

Have a great day….gotta go……got peace, harmony, health, love, and abundance, on hold on the phone!

I love this piece of advice!

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A REAL LIFE LESSON IN SPIRITUALITY

I recently lost my Godmother; she was also my aunt and was very instrumental in my upbringing.

She had no biological children and could not have loved me more if indeed I was her biological child. On May 2, 2015, when I was told that she was “unresponsive” and ultimately learned of her death, my wife drove me to the old neighborhood to her home.

I entered her bedroom where she had passed away in her sleep. The 2 police officers were gathering information for their report. The scene in that bedroom was overwhelming to me, but not just for the obvious reasons of the situation.

Over the years, I have actually witnessed some of my relatives slip away into their death. But this time it was different, there was something else. As I stood there looking at her in the bed, I was fixated on her body’s lifelessness. I repeatedly asked myself, “where did the energy go? Where did she go? How does this energy just transition away from a bodily existence? Where did her movement, laughter, quick wit, and love all go in a moment……. just like that?

The Bible says that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” Having recently witnessed in a way that struck me like never before that undoubtedly something was absent from her body, the concept of one’s spirituality has been magnified for me tenfold.

I read a story to end her eulogy. The story ends with children watching their mother enter into the gates of heaven. The last couple of sentences read as follows “And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed behind her. And they said, “we cannot see her, but she is still with us; a mother like ours is more than a memory, she is a living presence.”

So my personal plan, both to celebrate her life and to become a better person, is to work exponentially harder on the spiritual side of my own existence since life has reiterated for me in a way like never before that one’s spirit never “dies;” it simply leaves us presumably for those of us who are believers……… to a wondrous and beautiful place!

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