I am blessed to have family that’s alive and present in my life. While there are many people going through life alone, I have the privilege of knowing my family and getting to spend time with them.
I accept the members of my extended family as they are because I want to be accepted just the way I am, too. By treating them the way I want to be treated, I set our relationship up for success. Instead of constantly wishing my family acted differently, I look for the qualities in them which I love and cherish.
Regardless of what has happened in the past, I forgive my family members so I can live with a clear conscience, free from bitterness.
I let go of past hurts because dwelling on them creates obstacles to future joy.
I refrain from judging my family and acting harshly toward them. When I focus on the good things they have done, I see them differently.
I can receive their love when I stop remembering their mistakes and choose to remind myself of moments when they showed me their love.
No matter how my family acts, dresses, speaks, or what they believe, I love them because they are my family. I accept the love they offer me in whatever way they’re able to show it, without regard to the past.
Today, I choose to look for ways in which to reconnect with my extended family members. I put our differences aside in order to create an environment where love can grow.
- Which of my family members do I need to connect with today?
- How can I increase my contact with my extended family?
- Why is it best to let go of past hurts and hold on to positive memories?