Messages:» Ability to remain unique » Value of remaining as you are » Ability to rear young differently
Our culture provides constant messages to conform. We are bombarded with ads and peer pressure to fit in. As a counter action, we might rebel and act differently just to be unusual. The true challenge is determine how to be authentic.
We are each unique, as much as we are each the same. It’s an odd concept but we know it’s true. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon with everyone, we can assess a situation and decide if it’s right for us. Maybe we see the value of cameras with instantaneous photos and being linked electronically 24/7 to everyone we know. Perhaps we’d prefer some privacy or the artistic value of using f-stops and shutter speeds. We don’t have to go with everyone thoughtlessly.
Similarly, our families are unique. They may look superficially like others, or not, but they each have their own quirks and history. We can search through the traits and pick ones that support and honor our family members, regardless of what the culture as a whole believes. We may hug more than others; we may speak other languages; we may celebrate other holidays. We can choose to cherish and nurture these identifying characteristics and pass then along.
What is unique about your family and how are you keeping it alive?