I passed by the local junior high school and saw their marquee emblazoned with the words
When I read them, I immediately changed the words and thereby changed the meaning:
Within our family, we have many different personalities. But would I trade one of them for another? Sure, some make life easier but others make life fun, beautiful, exciting, tender…the list goes on and on. I can’t trade one personality without losing something amazing in the process. So I agree: Celebrate Differences.
I also believe in finding a BALANCE in our families. It is easy to become busy with nothing, overwhelmed with the unimportant, focused either on ourselves or so outward that our family gets lost in the middle. We can be so busy, we don’t have time to eat together, to play together, to pray together. But I believe that we can choose our busyness and choose our priorities, and then work to balance them. I agree: Create Balance.
And finally, as we celebrate the differences within our own family, focusing on what each member has to offer, and work to create a balance where our family is first and everything else supports it, we WILL strengthen our families.
I appreciated the gentle reminder on my way home.
photo by Chicago’s North Shore Conventions & Visitors Bureau