Mother Teresa once said:
If you want to change the world, Go home and love your family.
I came across this quote and it actually got me sitting and self-reflecting. It was for this reason that I had to share it.
The world is moving in a very different direction, a selfish one if I can. It’s moving away from sentimentality and more towards a superficial nature. The dynamic of family is no longer what it used to be and that is such a shame.
How many great memories do we have growing up? Do you think that our kids will have the same?
We often have big dreams in terms of the contributions we want to make to the world, starting up our own businesses, blogs, setting up NGO’s, plans to study or travel even. We spread messages of good will, positivity, love and unity which is all fantastic, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and kudos to you if you’re doing this because it is needed!
Question is! do we put that much effort towards the goodwill of our family?
How many times do friends ask for a ride and we’re every ready to jump up and go. Yet, if our siblings or family member’s ask, we complain about fuel…
How many times, do our folk call and ask us when we’re coming home to visit, and we’re like ” I’ve just been so busy, there’s just no time” yet, let our colleagues ask us to catch a drink and we’re ever ready and time avails itself…
Or, how many times does your girl or wife ask you to spend some QT (quality time) and you be like “babe, i’m so tired” but minutes later you’re gaming or catching up on social media or better still, let your boys call and say they’re coming over and the tiredness magically disappears…
Ladies, how many times does your significant other mention things to you but half of the time you don’t hear because you’re too interested in that conversation about Keyshia’s cousin who slept with Keyshia’s man… I hope you’re following me with this.
Doesn’t it make sense? That if we cant love our families, how do we expect to love strangers?
If we cant appreciate the little things that they do for us, how do we expect to appreciate what the world has to give us?
If we cant respect the people who we are constantly around, how do we expect to respect people we barely know and if we cant make time for our family, how can we for any other random person?
We have generations and generations which form part of our family trees right? and more that are still to be birthed. So what we do now and how we act now has a huge impact on the people that we will bring into this world right? It’s logic.
Imagine this, we love our families, we appreciate them, we support them , we invest in them and we encourage them. These attributes will get passed down to our kids, and their kids, and their kid’s kids etc. Creating a movement of love and light which we and they will automatically share with the world. If we all did this, don’t you think the world would be a better place? I think so.
They say that charity starts at home and I agree. The magnitude of a gesture or deed lies in the amount of heart put into it. So let’s all make an effort to appreciate our parent’s, siblings, cousins, aunt’s, uncles, grandparents a little more than we do now. Make that cup of tea for your mom, kick that ball with your kids or nephews, draw with your nieces, catch a movie or sport with your cousins, have chill sessions with your siblings, go on date nights with your person of honour, call your folk or grand folks every now and then. It starts with you and I.
This quote really touched me and it almost felt like a wake up call because I am guilty of sometimes not loving and appreciating my family as much as I should. You always hear me preaching about spreading love and light. So this is me beginning to put more of an effort into that and it starting with my family.
An epiphany from just an ordinary girl and that’s all thanks to Mother Teresa ♥️🙏🏼