posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 09:03 PM
I have developed my concept of family after living through a childhood that involved moving house, and often schools, sometimes countries. Coming from
the traditional "broken home", through divorce, and then reforming again around my mother's new marriage.
I reflected a lot on what it is to be "family", and I came up with several concepts.
The first definition of family, are those related to you by blood. Although it has occasionally caused offense to some of my blood family, I have
rejected this genetic kinship as a priority relationship in my life. Your genetic relatives are simply that.
The second definition of family, are those related to you by emotional bonds, or perhaps psychologically by way of familiarity (sharing a residence
for an extended period of time, especially during childhood). This can include those related to you by marriage, and those distantly related to you.
And those who have grown close to you.
By and large I simplified all of the concept of Family, into a phrase Family-of-the-Heart. Because it is through the emotional connection we have with
our support network of Family members that we function as people. The role of family is one of support, love, encouragement, teaching, security,
safety, and the foundations of real community - be it locally or globally.
"Family" as I have always thought of it, extends to all those I have loved deeply, even those who have moved on in different directions. It is
always opening your door for those people, and knowing theirs are open to you. It is not unconditional, but it is flexible. As with most things.
All of course, in my humble opinion.