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“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” Confucius

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family... Identical Twin Brothers w/ a friend

When we think of family, we often look to our immediate connections and start our definitions from that vantage point. Yet, family comes in many different permutations from immediate, to adopted, to extended and more. Even in a community of people with common interests, the ties that bind the community is very much of a familial nature. Throughout our lifetime, we build connections with individuals, and different groups of people that nurture some part of our lives, and those relationships are very much like that of a family. Above all, we share a universal bond as members of the human family…

SISTER SLEDGE – WE ARE FAMILY – 1979.wmv (Extended version)

“A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.”ย  Gautama Buddha

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family... Ducklings w/ mothers

Even in the animal kingdom, the family ties that bind are based on common ideals; familiarity, love and expectations that are shared. The ducklings above enjoy the company and protection of each other. Their mothers (or perhaps one is their dad) hover around them… and they feed and play together. In that simple act of bonding, they have established their family ties. It won’t matter if the ducklings came from different moms because what we see, right now, in front of us, are a group of ducklings enjoying family time.ย  They are, as Buddha put it, at home and in harmony with one another and that is part of what shapes their family connections.

Do families squabble? Sure, it is part of the human dynamic to deal with family conflict from time to time. However, the goal is to find ways to mind fences and keep the ties strong… After all, maintaining a positive relationship is the kind of support we would expect from our family. What does family look like for you? More below. ๐Ÿ˜‰

“My message is the practice of compassion, love and kindness. Compassion can be put into practice if one recognizes the fact that every human being is a member of humanity and the human family regardless of differences in religion, culture, color and creed. Deep down there is no difference.” Dalai Lama

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family... The College Choir at a photo shot

I took this photo on a whim on a recent visit to a college campus, but what really attracted me was the camaraderie and family like feel of the group. Watching the choir gather for this photo opportunity and observing how they were interacting with and teasing each other, playing around, mugging for the photographer, and then being serious about the shoot reminded me again of a typical family. They share a few common joys; their music, their college, their black gowns, their affection for each other… in essence, they are family.

As far as I see it, family is about love, labor, safety, sacrifice, success, heart, hurts, shared histories and memories... and many moments of happiness which helps make the difference. What about you? What does family look like to you?ย  Was it easy/hard to find the right photos for your examples of family? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Did you enjoy selecting your photos for this prompt? Do share? Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Family…

Positive Motivation Tip: Family is love, labor, safety, sacrifice, success, heart, hurts, shared histories and memories… and happiness which helps make the difference.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Timeโ€ฆ
Ask. Believe. Receive. ยฉ
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

28 Comments leave one →
  1. 30/11/2011 9:22 pm

    Great family photos and wonderful post! Family is familiarity, security, bonding and love.

    • 04/12/2011 12:45 am

      TY! and family is lots of things including the ones you mentioned above… Family is also respect. For instance, I didn’t include pictures of my family because they appreciated my respecting their request for privacy. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 30/11/2011 11:58 pm

    Blood really is thicker than water. Good post.

    • 04/12/2011 12:51 am

      Aye Tilly! ๐Ÿ™‚ TY for your comment and yes family is a powerful bond that thickens as time goes by…

  3. 01/12/2011 12:28 am

    Family brings joy to our lives. This year we are lucky – we are now proud grandparents. Someone said to me your life will not be the same again; they are right!

    • 04/12/2011 12:53 am

      Congrats again on the new baby. I loved the photo I saw… Yes, family is joy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 01/12/2011 5:37 am

    How nice. As you say family has various meanings. I always think about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 04/12/2011 12:54 am

      Hi Cocomino,
      Yes family is complex and complicated… I think about it too. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 01/12/2011 7:06 am

    You’re so right about what family means and is, Elizabeth. Somehow, instinctively, we seem to know who we’ll connect with and every connection can become a family connection.

    • 04/12/2011 12:56 am

      Ye and that is why we have the extended family in some parts of the world; it includes every configuration of the term family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 01/12/2011 7:52 am

    My family is my on-line friends, but my real family was sold at Pottery Barn in three sizes and they look exactly like me, unfortunately they have been discontinued.

    • 04/12/2011 12:58 am

      Hi BB,
      I’m happy for you that you’ve made so many on-line friends. Your new connections are like family and that lovely lady Rose is like a mom to you too. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 01/12/2011 10:34 am

    family is a boat we live in, shipping through the time …
    greetings by flickrcomments

    • 04/12/2011 12:59 am

      Yes, it is a very large boat that experiences all kinds of weather conditions and ups and downs, yet, stays the course. TY! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. 01/12/2011 12:55 pm

    Great post, Eliz! I love the photos and the quotes.
    Compassion is one of the 3 C’s I encourage parents to practice daily with their children. The others? Consequences (which teaches children they are ultimately responsible for what they do) and Consistency (which teaches children they can trust us and rely on us).

    • 04/12/2011 1:05 am

      I love your 3 C’s… Pity some don’t learn it early enough. I suppose that is why there are all kinds of families. TY Viv! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. 01/12/2011 12:55 pm

    Family is many things to many people (and animals, so it seems!) Where ever there is love, there is family, we don’t have to be connected by blood ties.
    Great post Eliz.

    • 04/12/2011 1:06 am

      Well said Barb! Family includes our pets and loving connections. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Bree permalink
    01/12/2011 5:03 pm

    Family is more than blood ties and we form them throughout our lives. I love your choices.

    • 04/12/2011 1:07 am

      TY and yes, it goes beyond our blood ties and it begins with love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 01/12/2011 7:02 pm

    A family is a permanent bond held together by love. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 04/12/2011 1:08 am

      The permanency of the bond is a powerful one… We are all beneficiaries of the ties of family; especially when it is a loving one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 02/12/2011 11:48 am

    Lovely choice of song, Elizabeth and the photos are great – a range of intepretations.

    Yes, families squabble – we have had a few laltely as we iron out some of the changes – but love runs deep in our home, so love triumps over all.

    • 04/12/2011 1:09 am

      Love runs deep and that helps with the squabbles. TY for your input and I agree that love will triumph. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 04/12/2011 9:47 am

    One of my favorite quotes is: “The best time in life is when your family become your friends and your friends become family.” anon

  14. 05/12/2011 8:43 am

    โ€œOnly a life lived for others is worth livingโ€
    Albert Einstein

  15. 05/12/2011 11:42 pm

    “As far as I see it, family is about love, labor, safety, sacrifice, success, heart, hurts, shared histories and memories… ” This sums up why we honor, value and celebrate our families. If not for them, we won’t be where we are now. Family is one gift that I will always be grateful for. Beautiful post that made my heart smile today. Thanks.


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