Celebrating Family







A family isn’t always about your blood relations. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what. We don’t always get to choose our relatives but we do choose our family, and there are many ways to celebrate that family too.

Most of us celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, but we also celebrate many of life’s milestones such as a graduation, a first job or promotion, getting married, or buying our first home. Celebrating special occasions is our way of acknowledging and rejoicing in our loved ones efforts, talents, and achievements. Not every step or accomplishment in life requires a gift and a party, but a few words of praise, thanks, or encouragement can make a very real difference in someone’s life.

Unfortunately many of us get so caught up in our busy, fast paced lives, that even when we make the effort to give someone a card or send a quick text congratulating them, we fail to truly say what we mean. How many times have you said “Congrats” or signed a card “Love Always”, when what you really felt was pride, respect, or gratitude? Are we really so rushed that we can’t write a complete sentence when someone we love has achieved one of life’s milestones?

You don’t need to be a Hallmark writer to put more meaning into your messages but here are some simple and short examples that convey more significance:

I’m so proud of the man/woman you have become.
You have always been so supportive and encouraging.
You bring so much joy and happiness into my life.
I am so grateful for all the times you’ve stood by me.
I know you have worked hard for this and I want you to know how proud I am of you.
When I look back on all the special moments we’ve shared it fills my heart with joy.
Thank you for always taking the time to truly listen to me.
I feel truly blessed to have you in my life.

Not every event in life warrants writing a Soul Letter, however by adding just a bit more emotion and thought to our cards, emails, and texts, we are able to add more meaning to our lives and the lives of our families, whether they are your blood relations or not.