|Posted on January 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM|
We just spent the last four days with my brother and sister-in-law on our fifth annual siblings cruise. It’s a great time for us to relax, laugh, reflect on the prior year and talk about any pressing family issues that need our attention.
Life has changed tremendously over the span of our five cruises. We’ve witnessed graduations and marriages and watched our family of origin shrink by two. Our concerns have changed over the years and we’ve grown more appreciative of the relationship we share. Losses test the best of relationships and we are blessed to have come through them stronger and more unified than before. I believe love is responsible.
Will others understand what we’ve risked for this relationship? No. From the outside our differences appear substantial enough to keep us oceans apart - yet we’ve found common ground. We choose to remain invested in one another’s lives. We choose to celebrate what we can with and for one another. We choose not to ask one another for more than the other can give.
We’ve all stretched. Instead of closing our hearts to one another, we’ve navigated challenging terrain to continue building on the foundation of love we share. And we are better for it. Our relationship reminds me what of what is possible for the rest of the world, when we supersize our definition of love.
Next time you are tempted to close your heart, consider supersizing your love instead.