Writer’s Name: Tyeisha Downer
Title: It’s a Family Affair
“We are family. I have all my sisters with me. Get up everybody and sing.” This was the hook of Sister Sledge, a great group back in 1979. Another great hook was from Sly & the Family Stone, “Love is thicker than blood; can’t leave because the heart is there; it’s a family affair” (1971). Both of these hooks displayed the importance of unity in the family; if you don’t have family what else do you have? In life all families have their disagreements, but at the end of the day we all have to come together to set aside our differences.
Very hard in most cases, but very possible, families have to have great attributes; being able to love unconditionally and accepting the bitter with the sweet is important. We all are made to disagree at some point, but being able to love unconditionally and being able to accept even the things we can’t change is vital to keeping family together. Communication is key to expressing what you’re feeling deep down inside. Most individuals haven’t been fortunate enough to read your minds, so you have to express every emotion that you’re feeling. How can one resolve a problem if no one knows what the problem is? Being able to trust can contribute to keeping family close, but in all reality let’s face it - not everyone is worthy enough to gain your trust. How do you deal with family when you can’t trust them? The perfect answer is to forgive them. It’s hard for most to forgive, but if we search deep down within our souls we can forgive. Remember it’s ok to forgive and never forget; when your heart is sincere the rewards are greater in the end.
When is the last time that someone encouraged and supported your dreams? Just take time to reflect back on how important it would be to have someone support your dreams. In even what you felt was impossible, would you not be inspired? So start off with supporting your families’ dreams. Remember that it is always a family affair. Envision the big picture and try to lead by example in keeping your family encouraged. All you need is a little hope and faith beyond what any words could ever describe. Although it’s not easy to walk by faith and not by sight anything is possible if you dare to dream. Inspire your family to be all that they can be. Together you can achieve the impossible. When you find yourself like a rock in a hard place your family will remind you and help you remember that you are a diamond in a rough with unlimited shine even if you appear to be rusted worn and torn. You just need to be cared for and cleaned up a little because a diamond will always be a diamond even if the physical appearance doesn’t look appealing in the beginning. Even a rose is considered to still be a rose after it has gone through its wilted state and your family will always remind you of just that. So keep your family close and remember that it is always a family affair.