May 31, 2011
As many of you know, our son got married this weekend. The party started Friday and continued through Sunday. It was an amazing weekend. Ever hear a song and have it get stuck in your head?
During the celebration, the band played two songs I just can’t get out of my mind. In the first song, the vocalist sings, “Oh, What a night!” Really, it should have been, “Oh, What a weekend!” Celebrating the marriage of our son to an incredible woman is a mind blowing experience. Our family tree instantly grew a whole new limb. To be truly “wellthy” is to have family and Allyson and her folks just joined with our family, exponentially increasing our “wellth”. “Oh, what a night . . . What a lady, what a night!” Welcome to the family, Allyson!
During the second song, the vocalist exclaims, “We are family, I’ve got all my sisters and brothers with me!” This weekend Renee and I were blessed to be surrounded by our family, both biologic and chosen, as well as friends. Most people define family by limiting themselves to blood relatives. You know the old saying, “You can pick your friends but not your family?” It’s just not true; you can pick your friends and adopt them into your family!
I have four brothers, one born to me and three who, while not biologically related, are, nonetheless, my brothers. I have four sisters, two sons, three daughters (I don’t believe in the “Son/daughter-in-law” scenario: when you marry into my family, you become my child), and two grandchildren. By not limiting our family to blood relatives, Renee and I can experience “wellth” beyond our wildest dreams.
As many of my readers know, I define “wellth” as a state of physical, emotional, spiritual, nutritional, and financial wellbeing. Family keeps my emotional account full! It should be a major contributor to everyone’s emotional accounts. Unfortunately, too many individuals are short sighted, not recognizing the importance of family.
If you limit your description of family to blood relatives, you limit your “wellth”. If you limit your description of family to “my family and yours”, you limit your “wellth”. The whole “in-law” issue divides families and often drains everybody’s “wellth”. Yes, I know all “in-laws” are not created equally; but, if you love someone enough to marry him/her, then the parents must have done something right! Join their family and grow truly rich.
“We are family” are three beautiful words. Grow and embrace your family. Welcome your friends and “in-laws” into your life and become rich in love. This is one song worth getting stuck in your head!