We like each other because we’re family, but what if we weren’t? Would we still? This is a question that I have pondered on more than one occasion. Normally when a family member behaves wrongly toward another. At the end of my pondering I always come up with the same conclusion. Yes, I think we would.
Although sometimes my family members do things that make my blood boil, the good qualities that they have balance them out. Through all the bad, I can still see their heart. I remember the person who they used to be, back in the “old days”. So even though their behavior has changed and is often inexcusable, I can still see the person they are deep within.
Sometimes life has a way of toughening our outer layer, and although it’s invisible to the naked eye, there is still a soft center on the inside. We may just have to look deeper to find it.
Instead of focusing on a person’s actions, I try to see them. After all, it’s not the person I don’t like, it’s the choices that they make. We all make bad choices, but that doesn’t make us bad people.
I’m a firm believer that everyone has good in them and strive to see that in everyone that I encounter. Therefore, even with the most difficult family members, I try very hard to focus on the good in them, rather than on the bad.
So whether we grew up together or just met today, I think that we’d all get along just fine. The level of friendship between us would be similar to that which it is now. Some would be close and others not so much. Some would still make me smile and others would still frustrate me.
But they would all still be considered a friend.
This post is for the Daily Post prompt: Delayed Contact – How would you get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only met them for the first time today?