You're still not ready to tackle the dishes in the sink, the laundry on your floor, or the leaves or weeds in your yard. You can't bring yourself to get back into your routine and stick to your plan. You've been avoiding INSERT TASK HERE for too long and it's time to DO something about it! Does any of this ring a bell? This quick read is not going to be on The Science Behind Motivation (or what blocks it), or How We Become Stuck in Dysfunctional Habits. No, no. Those will show up in future posts I assure you. This article will give you some practical tips on how to jump start the energetic, positive, goal-oriented individual that has been with you this entire time.
I want you to take sometime for yourself right now. Go ahead, get rid of any other distractions. I'll wait...
Now let's look at what you can begin doing today to increase your chances of taking action! First and foremost, we need to start with compassion and self-care. We need to give ourselves permission to make mistakes, do the best we can, and take things one step at a time. Let's look together at some "bite-sized" things we can put into practice this week.
Before you even begin to read this article, I want you to ask yourself the following question, “What is the purpose of Family?” You could spend 10 minutes or 10 days thinking about this question. If you’d like to share your answer to this question I invite you to do so in the comments section. I’ll post my answer as the first comment. Now, on to the article. I Googled “what’s the purpose of family” and the first eight results were religious based organizations quoting scripture or original articles from websites in which scripture was cited. While my search results gave many similar versions of the same basic view of the purpose of the family, I’m more interested in how my fellow Americans view the function and purpose of today’s modern family. We are a diverse people with many different traditions, so the answers should be interesting to say the least. Let’s broaden our view.
In America in the year 2016, the family is generally considered the social institution that we spend much of our lives being connected to. In a GOP debate in February, Marco Rubio stated, “…the family is the most important institution in society.” We tend to think that, at least traditionally, families are created by marriage, birth, or adoption. And when I say adoption I don’t just mean adopting a child. Families across the U.S. are constantly growing by adopting non-blood relatives as brothers, sisters, adoptive grandparents, fathers and mothers. Many cultures exist that consider deep friendships to be as close as blood relatives.
Robin S. Smith is a psychotherapist practicing in Bethesda, MD. Robin created The Couple and Family Clinic Blog to provide useful articles on issues related to mental health as well as articles on local, national, and international news stories. Learn more about Robin on the About Page.