Charlene Costanzo, author of The Twelve Gifts From the Garden, has a loving message on the beautiful complex relationships we have with our family members.

“Family: like branches on a tree we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.”  – Unknown

Life is short. To short to be small as one recent touchstone said. And as Leo Buscaglia advises: Let’s get on with living and loving. We don’t have forever.

So let’s drop judgments and grudges and accept one another, from kin closest to us outward to embrace all humanity.

Growing in so many different directions, we are all over the place, literally and figuratively. We are spread far and wide in where we live and in how we see some things. 

But instead of fighting over differences, we can become a strong healthy family that respects each member, seeks to understand different perspectives, and finds ways to live in harmony, productively. 

Theologian Paul Tillich said we are all rooted in the “Ground of All Being.” Being a tree-lover, I appreciate this image of us.

You can’t hear me, but I’m closing this touchstone reflection singing, ” We Are Family.”

Smiling with love,

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