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Fundamental #29 – Always remember that we’re a family

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Our relationships go deeper than simply being teammates at work.  While we may disagree, and even argue from time to time, we genuinely care for and about each other.  We believe in and trust each other.  Whether it’s a kind word during a tough stretch, a friendly smile each morning, or a helping hand in stressful times, show your compassion.

Family is a difficult concept to grasp because each and every one of us has a different understanding of what it means.  There are dysfunctional, abusive and non-supportive families out there.  I know that is not what this fundamental is trying to convey.  I believe the core of this fundamental is pointing to what a family should be – caring about each other and showing each other compassion. 

In this current stressful time with tensions running high, it is more important than ever to treat each other with respect, kindness and compassion.  We are all humans which means we make mistakes sometimes and we are not perfect.  Mistakes occur even more often when we are stressed and rushed.  No one likes an environment of disrespect and tension.  It is up to each of us to practice kindness and compassion at all times including when we are frustrated, stressed or in a hurry.

Another thing to keep in mind is not discussing issues face to face and when they occurs can tear a family a part.  Where there are issues, it is important to speak straight and listen generously so issues can be resolved in a calm and respectful manner.  We may not always see eye to eye but we should have enough compassion for each other to agree to disagree and keep peace under our roof.  Think about it, we probably spend more time with our co-workers than our families, how important is it to keep a harmonious environment of caring and compassion?  Very important in my opinion.

You can practice caring, in the heat of the moment of a stressful situation, by being present and talking to the other person as if you are talking to someone you care about in your family.  How do you talk to someone who you truly care about?  Is it in the same manner as you talk to someone who annoys you or your frustrated with?  I would doubt it.  Let’s work toward becoming a more functional, compassionate and caring family.

– Amy Ammer