Regardless of how you define family, they can be our greatest allies

Gregory Plathe
Staff Writer

Humans are not intended to be alone. In fact, hardly any animal lives without some sort of companion. Perhaps the most basic unit of family begins with a spouse.

For many, however, our families are far more expansive than this–including many brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and dozens of cousins. To say that family is important would be an understatement. As Michael J. Fox once said, “Family is not an important thing. It is everything.”

Your family is your greatest ally, your biggest fan, your counselor and your ultimate source of love and happiness. Often times we lose sight of the true love and joy that comes from family; selfishness and greed drag us away from family in search of fruitless endeavors for wealth, power, and influence.

Family can mean many different things to many different people. For example, I define people who are part of my family as people who I love, people that have always been and will always be there for me no matter what. My best friend, for example, is someone who I am not technically related to, but I would definitely consider her as someone whom is a part of my family.

Even if have no money I would still feel incredibly wealthy. My greatest source of wealth comes from the wealth of love bestowed on me by family. I may not be the most powerful of men, yet family can empower me to accomplish anything. What are your accomplishments and possessions if you do not have family? Our greatest achievements and our most prized possessions add up to nothing if we do not have family.

There is nothing more important in life than being part of a family. Our lives are short and vanish like vapor in the air, you should spend every moment cherishing the moments you have with those you love.

Soon we will wish we had even just a moment to spend with those people whom we have neglected for too long. Life is too fragile and our days are numbered, you should not not waste what little time you have storing up for yourself treasures that will perish with you. Spend each passing moment investing in what truly matters–family.

Gregory Plathe is a Staff Writer for The Comment.

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