A family doesn’t just mean
Who you are related to
But those who adopted you into theirs as well.
They may not always provide us with joy and acceptance
And in times they come to offer us adversity and challenges
To build our character;
and as we let go of our self-importance,
we are better able to recognize the gifts they bring to us.
When we recognize that everyone we meet,
everyone we share this beautiful blue planet with,
is actually part of an even larger family
to experience this life with us,
we create this Oneness,
and all opposition and judgment is set aside
when we see the wisdom in redefining who our family is.