I recently came across some writings that I did a few years ago. My premise was that I wanted my life to be furnished with my family and friends. I didn’t want to care so much about things. I wanted to value the place and the role that my family played in my life. So, I decided to write to each one of them in a way I never had before. I thought long and hard about each of their characteristics and what piece of furniture that might resemble. The results were both funny and touching. I read them each outloud and then presented each person with the writing in a special frame that suited the piece of furniture they were. I might share a few of them in the next week or two. Just to give you an idea, my mom was a dining room table, one sister was a couch and my other sister was a bookcase. My brother-in-law was an entertainment center and my brother was a computer.
Here is one sample… what I wrote about my awesome brother…
You are our family’s computer. You are so smart! You are as practical as you need to be and as extravagent as you want to be. You have a wealth of information locked within you. You sit quietly by, almost camouflaged into the background, until someone takes notice and sits down with you. You demand little, but give much. We need only to know the password. "Family" has become the password to your heart. Once in, we can play games or obtain information. We can listen to music or chat a while. Even those of us who use a computer, rarely tap into all that the computer is capable of doing. I know that because of the miles that have often been between us, I don’t know you nearly as much as I’d like to. This I do know: You are a fun-loving, hard-working, sensitive, and kind son, brother, husband and father. Although I’d love to sign in much more than I do, know that I always love sitting down with you.
Family has always had an important place in my life. Because of that, I wanted to let you know that for a few weeks I will only be posting my blogs on Fridays instead of Tuesdays and Fridays. I have been working fewer hours as I walk through the final weeks of my mom’s life with her. I want to be there as much as possible. I want to have no regrets. I want to truly be an inspiration when I write, and have learned that I need to be inspired in order to do that. So, I will continue to pray for inspiration and encouragement throughout even these difficult weeks, so that I can in turn inspire and encourage you.
We have been blessed so that we can be a blessing. Think of a way you can bless your family today!