The Importance of Family
Take the Core Values of Family and apply them to your life. Start now. It’s Old Money, but it’s a new day.
Article contribution by Byron Tully
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In The Old Money Book, I detail Core Values that contribute to not just a standard of living, but to a quality of life. One of these Core Values is family, and it may be the most important.
It can be a tremendous challenge to make your way in this world without the support, at least initially, of family, or an individual or group who acts like family. The immediate, primitive, life-affirming emotions of being loved, of being safe, of being welcome as an infant affect us throughout life. The relationships we build and the relationships we see growing up are key factors in our development.
If you didn’t get these, or didn’t get them consistently as a child, you may have your work cut out for you as you date, make commitments, marry and start a family. The important thing is to be aware of what you didn’t get as a child and make sure your spouse or children get it. The second important thing is to remember what you did get as a child and make sure your spouse or children get that, too.
As children, a common mistake that we make is thinking that we’re the first person in the history of the world to have not had a perfect family life as a child. History books are full of men and women who were born into less than desirable circumstances and not only prevailed, but excelled and changed the world. When we read and learn about others who’ve faced obstacles, we gain perspective and our problems become manageable.