In today’s modern world, the harsh reality is that you may not have been born into a family – but hopefully you were raised into one.
This being said – I think its important to underline here that family does not always have to be related by blood. With so many different circumstances, accidents, incidents, or whatever the case may be – I’m sure there are enough people that will agree.
So what makes a family?
A ‘traditional’ family is probably thought to include two people that love tiny humans and bring them up to represent all of their hopes and dreams, while at the same time, doing their best to achieve all of theirs.
They grow up in a house with four main walls, a roof, food, recreational activities, a good group of friends, education and of course sunshine and rainbows. Well – we all know that not to be all together true.
While this does sound like a model of some people’s perfection, its definitely not true for everyone’s vision – and certainly not true for everyones reality.
So does the stereotypical family ring true? Is that what really ‘makes’ a family?
I think not.
A family should always have its influencers – hopefully of the positive variety. Someone, or a team that leads the family and in some way provides. Whether this version of provide means a shelter, clothing and food – or jobs, motivation, positive reassurance or what have you. A person to look up too.
A family should be built with members that support each other and care for one another. There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’ right? If one person is down, having someone else close that can step in and help lift that person up is important. And its important that we all notice other people and help lift each other.
The more humans lift each other, the less big and scary things are. The closer we are to one another. And the more likely we are to see that underneath it all – we’re all the same.
Does a family all need to be under one roof? Certainly not. At some point we all grow up and fly the nest. But we still have family around us. Just because we go to bed each night and we no longer yell across the hall to say good night, doesn’t mean we don’t have someone we could call or think of. And for larger families it often becomes less realistic that we all stay in the same spot.
We all grow, move, change, adapt, and sometimes things happen. Good things. Bad things. Life.
A family is there to grow with you. They may not move with you, they may certainly not change for you, but hopefully they do their share of adapting.
Family understands. The providers at some point may realize that they aren’t the only ones looking out for the young anymore. They have more hands in raising the others and building a stronger foundation. Families grow so needs grow and roles evolve. This doesn’t make the ‘provider’ any less worthy now that they have other people stepping up to help them. If anything, this should be proof that what they have been doing for so long has worked. Their efforts have paid off and they’ve had a hand in raising responsible, caring, thoughtful individuals.
This family model can be adapted to many things. Family – traditional or non, business, friends, and certainly Sentinel Security Plus.
We are a family. We look out for each other, while at the same time, looking out for you. Just because you’re not officially part of our family, doesn’t mean we don’t care. Being a part of a family means that we value family values. We value traditions, people, events, places, and ‘things’. If you care about something, we do too.
We are Supporters. Believers. Dreamers. Helpers. Providers. Leaders.
We are Family.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.