I was fortunate recently to experience how wonderful it is to have an incredible network of support and love that is called family.

Oftentimes we may end up discounting family by viewing it as a burden, an obligation, or something with which we have to reluctantly contend. This negative view may stem from some level of dysfunction, which affects many families.

And dysfunction may breed resentment, anger, distance, and a putting up of walls.

However, when we take the time to do personal inner work we find that we end up affecting others around us in a positive fashion. And this inner work is accomplished through the process of forgiveness.

When anger and resentment are changed into peace and love, that peace and love can become infectious as others react to that peace and love with an acceptance of the peace within themselves.

This is when the healing happens.

This is when the transformation occurs.

And this is when we’re able to see the true blessing of family and are able to acknowledge just how lucky we are to have family.

What’s wonderful about family is that they are a group of people close to you who are able to support you in your growth and endeavors. What’s wonderful about family is having people to share with and come together with in times of joy and sorrow. And what’s wonderful about family is that they can be there for you in your time of need.

So, I’d like to take the opportunity to extend a heartfelt expression of gratitude, love, and appreciation to my family.

You have made my time of physical healing and recovery a time of joy, comfort, and gratefulness. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing connection of support, love, and togetherness in my immediate and extended family. I love you all.