Jimmy Bryant

Life Coaching & New Views on Business

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“The bond that links the true family  is not one of blood,  but of respect  and joy in each other´s life» – Richard Bach.

Family is where our roots take hold and from there we grow.

Early influences are fundamental to our individual development.

We all want to «belong» and feel accepted, a  sense of belonging is derived from the strong bond of the family.

Values are taught at an early age and are carried with us throughout our life.

A close family bond is like a safe harbour where we find refuge, when  someone is there for us as we experience the storms in life – family bonds help to instil trust and hope in the world around us and belief in ourselves.

Rituals of bedtime stories, hugs, holidays and daily meals shared together, provide a sense of warmth, structure and safety. These rituals and traditions, not only create memories and leave a family legacy, but create our first path in life – one that is positive.

When we don’t have the security and influence of strong family bonds early in life, the ground work is laid for an emptiness, that is often sought to be filled, through self-destructive habits. If one isn’t loved as a child, they may later seek love and acceptance in a way that brings them harm.

There can be long-term effects from living in a detached or dysfunctional family. The cycle is often repeated through generations. Children often grow up believing this dysfunctional unit is normal and they may gravitate toward people and situations that mimic the dysfunction they were accustomed to. A healthy relationship won’t be easily recognized because it’s foreign to someone who hasn’t lived within a close and loving family. Often drug and alcohol abuse or domestic violence  is repeated, whether by a learned behaviour or an escape from behaviour that was poured upon an innocent child.

Strong family bonds help us to thrive in all aspects of life. Lack of these bonds can lead to forever seeking that something which is missing. Don’t take the value of family bonds for granted. You can build a beautiful creation for today and the generations that follow!