Apr 7

Family – Where Life Begins and Love Never Ends #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z

‘F is for Family | Positive & Inspired Living A to Z’

It is said that the love of our family is life’s greatest blessing. But, have we  ever thought about how we treat this blessing on a daily basis?


This poem is so very true, not just with respect to our kids, but also our significant others, and family in general. Of-course it is never our intention to hurt them, and that is how we justify our behavior in our minds. After all, we always judge others by their actions, and ourselves by our intentions.

It is about time, that we let the love that we feel in our hearts to reflect in our words and actions. If we die tomorrow, our day to day acquaintances may share a Facebook post in our memory, the company that we are working for might replace us in a few days; and our social circle might mourn us for a few weeks. But the family that we leave behind, will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into our work than into cherishing our own families. It is an unfair bias, and an unwise investment. Don’t you think?

So let’s think of what could we do today to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us. What could we do tomorrow? The next day? Then simply do it. 🙂

Lots of Love


This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.


  1. This post touched me! How often do we spill our irritation on our family members. Assuming they are here to love you and you;ll make upto them later. How cordial we are at work and with new people that we meet. Isn’t life meant to be for our loved ones? Then why do we take them so for granted of all the people we see in a day! Thank you for raising this!
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  2. Ah! I can relate so much to this post and I’m not exactly proud about that! Thanks for such a lovely message and a pat on the back Shanaya. Needed that push 🙂

  3. So true, Shantala! We take our family members for granting saving our worst behaviour for them:-(
    Loved the quote and the simple manner in which you chose to drive him an important point!
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  4. SO true… we take what’s close tous those closest to us so much for granted. Love your observation on FB tribute, too
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  5. Always something that is on the top of my mind, thanks to my parenting blog and a group that I run which speaks of mindful parenting 🙂 We need to make time for the ones in our lives. Well said, Shantala.
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  6. This is so true. We are on good behaviour with strangers, lest they think of us as an uncivilized person and take our loved ones for granted.
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  7. Very well said. We take our nearest and dearest so much for granted. Which reminds me it’s time to hug my son.
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  8. So true.. we take the people closest and dearest to us for granted at times becoming unduly harsh with them. Thanks for highlighting a very important point. 🙂
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  9. You have written exactly what happens more often but we tend to realize very few times. A nice post.


  10. Made me realize how much we neglect the ones we should actually be cherishing!! I am gonna keep this in mind before I say anything rash to anyone from now on 🙂
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  11. Loved your post Shantala!
    I agree that Family should come first and we should never, ever take them for granted 🙂

  12. Quoting you:We pour ourselves more into our work than into cherishing our own families. It is an unfair bias, and an unwise investment. Don’t you think?

    Beautifully written? Made me think, hope to improve 🙂

  13. Hi Shantala,
    Your posts seem like valuable lessons for life! And, today’s post was an eye-opener. I intend to implement on it right away! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! <3
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  14. Prasanna says:

    I think we take our family for granted because they are always there for us. I realized the worth of my family when after marriage I moved away from them. Before, I hated going to family functions, but now I make an effort to attend them because I get a chance to meet all my cousins and my extended family. Loved this post on family 🙂

  15. I just thought to write about it but couldnt find the right mood and words to. Thanks for sharing this truth in such a nice way and yes let us try to be kind with our loved ones!

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  17. It’s is important to let our dear ones know how much we love them. Who knows what’s in store for us and them the next moment. Inspiring.
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  18. Meghana says:

    Very true Shantala. The poem is well chosen and it aptly potrays our approach towards our family.
    I think that the most taken for granted person in our life is our mom and then our siblings. I realised this after marriage..

  19. beautifully said. Why we take the tone of casualness and harshness towards our family is beyond me? Maybe because we are little too comfortable with them.
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  20. I think because we feel most comfortable with family, we end up taking them for granted. I agree that we should break out of this cycle. Great post Shantala! 🙂
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  21. What a beautifully written post 🙂 Visiting from A to Z!

  22. That was beautiful Shantala and I couldn’t agree more. We make work our life without realizing that work is just a part of our lives. We give way to others in office but fail to do that at home. Simply loved your post and how relevant it is for all of us. Good job!
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  23. A year ago I gave up my job on the other side of the country from my parents, so that I’d have more time to spend with my family. My father was sick with cancer it just seemed stupid to only come home for his funeral. I used the time to bond with my mom and dad (who eventually passed away). Taking the time to consciously spend with your family is time-sensitive. Don’t take them for granted.
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  24. Give a hug to the one you love. And commit a random act of kindness to a family member every day!

    –Mee (The Chinese Quest)
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  25. Yes.. that’s very often.. when we neglect the way we talk to our family and are equally sweet with the strangers..!!
    Loved the line “We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions”!!!

    Well done Shanaya 🙂

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  26. we may go miles away to lands more beautiful.. but without family we cannot live our fullest.. 🙂
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  27. Great post loved reading ! thanks for sharing
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  28. very beautifully expressed…these may be the basic things..but in giving priority to meaningless things, we often forget what is most precious to us!
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  29. That is so true Shanaya and so very interesting! Why is it that we treat strangers better than our own families at times? That is indeed strange. Thanks for the reminder to bring this to my awareness. 🙂 <3
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  30. Our family is very close but sometimes parents are less patient than they should be with little ones. Fatigue and stress can cause that but I think kids understand when they get older unless it’s all the time.

  31. A gentle reminder we all need to hear from time to time. Loved it Shanaya 🙂
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  32. This is such a great reminder! And so very true, we can be so thoughtless when it comes to loved ones and those we spend most of our time with, it’s probably a reflection of how we treat ourselves too.
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  33. So true. These words get you in a introspective mode automatically. Thanks for this 🙂
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  34. A Great thought Shantala, everybody loves being appreciated for every simple thing to do.
    Why not start with Family who stands by in whatsoever situations. 🙂

  35. Tragically true ! 🙁 Your post moved me. Nothing more to add. Thanks for sharing !
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  36. So true! I feel the same esp after a row with Mom or Dad over phone. I make sure to immediately call back and sort it out 🙂 Family is everything! <3 Thanks for sharing this!
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  37. Family – we do take them for granted don’t we? The past few years I have been trying to be more aware of how I treat family and it does change the relationship dynamics. Much less fights and more happiness all around
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  38. Beautiful poem and its true, we take our loved ones for granted, because we can be ‘ourselves’ with them- no facade and complete honesty. But in doing so we may forget to acknowledge them with kind words, compliments and even basic politeness which everyone deserves and needs.
    Good one Shantala.

  39. Oh yes, I so agree! I’ve made a conscious effort to change this, Shantala. But strangely, it takes work!
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  40. Most people take their families for granted. In India, especially, women are treated like mental/emotional dustbins. Any kind of frustration on anyone, just vent it all out on the women who takes care of the house! I wish more people would show appreciation to their family members more often.
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  41. Agree to that Shantala. It’s sad how we forget family and self with work. I need to figure out things about self and may be do a rethink, been thinking bout it quite recently.

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