Dr. Pam Thompson

Dr. Pam Thompson

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Going Home Again Is Sometimes Hard to Do

With the return of warm weather, many are visiting home and relatives for spring breaks, Easter and Memorial Day celebrations, and family reunions with the hope of memorable fun, food, and fellowship. Instead, some are greeted by long-standing issues that resurface and pour a box of Morton’s salt on old wounds. When reuniting with those “who knew you when…,” there’s always the possibility of getting sucked in to performing a certain role expected by family even when that role provokes resentment and betrays your true self. Perhaps you’re the opinionated one in your “real” life who becomes as quiet as a sleeping baby when you return home. Maybe you’re normally a strong personality who surrenders, against better judgment, to dominant family members. Could it be that you’re creative and spontaneous apart from your family but are inclined to hide your bright light around kinfolks, fearing they may dismiss or discourage your zest for life?

It’s important to connect with family for obvious reasons, and to cherish yesteryear’s traditions. These sentimental rituals provide a sense of identity, anchoring, and fun as well as a sense of belonging to time, place, and people. It’s equally important, however, to remain connected WITHOUT losing yourself. “Keeping it moving” with fresh acquaintances, new frontiers to conquer, and a determination to nurture your gifts and talents--with or without family support--promotes a purpose-driven life. The world is a better place when each of us lives with a sense of calling that ignites our passions, excites our whole being, and incites others to flourish.

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