“Family Values”… A term that, since the 2012 election, seems to be making a comeback… And not in a good way…
There are some in our country that feel they have ownership of these words. And they feel it is their right to use them as a club to verbally (and also physically) ‘beat’ those they don’t approve of… To alienate rather than include… To judge rather than accept… And quite frankly, I think it’s time we take them back.
This Thanksgiving I was reminded of just how lucky I am to be part of a family that loves and accepts me for exactly who I am. They are not related by blood… They are black and white… Brown and yellow… Straight and gay… Male and female… Young and old… They are people that, I believe, God led me to and for that I will be eternally grateful.
These are my “Family’s Values”:
Compassion… Honesty… Empathy… A true want for your kin’s happiness… Unconditional acceptance… Loving without strings.
What are yours?