Family Comes First

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” That’s my all-time favorite quote by Mother Teresa.

I stand for a transformed world that is peaceful, abundant and united in love. I wake up every day thinking how am I going to be the change I wish to see in the world? I always start with my family. My husband and I text each other three things we are grateful for each morning. It’s an awesome way to begin our days on a positive note.

I value the importance of spending quality time with family, and I was thrilled to recently escape with my nearest and dearest to Florida and Puerto Rico. My husband, Jason, mom, Nabiha, sister, Eman, brother-in-law, Sammy, and my aunt, Fadia, went to visit my brother, Ronnie, and his girlfriend, Angela, as well as her loving family around the Hollywood, Florida area.

After a couple days, we went to Puerto Rico and stayed in the heart of Old San Juan, which I absolutely loved. From the intricate historical details to the colorful buildings, I couldn’t help but feel pure bliss as I roamed the streets of San Juan. It was the perfect place for my family to unwind and truly connect with one and another.

My main focus on this trip was to be present with my family. Sounds simple, right? I can’t tell you how much of a challenge being fully present truly is for me. Disconnecting from distractions and really living in the moment was one of my big breakthroughs. Being physically there was not enough. I opened my heart and took in all the magical beauty my family created during our getaway.

Everything comes and goes in life but the one thing we are never going to get back is time. I believe that the number one thing to collect is relationships. My everlasting bond with family is what I cherish most in my world. No one is guaranteed tomorrow so I truly strive to live everyday like it’s my last. In the end, I’m not going to look back at my life and remember what car I drove, the house I lived in or my status in society. It’s so much deeper than that what scratches the surface. I am committed to my connection with my family because without it, I wouldn’t have a sense of inner peace. And I sincerely believe that once every individual finds inner peace, world peace will exist.

In the noted book “Source Movement”, author Jo Englesson says: “As long as there is war in the world, you are war-ing somewhere in your existence.” Is there a family member you are not on good terms with? Are you avoiding an authentic conversation with him or her because you don’t want to start drama? Remember if you avoid conflict to keep the peace, you start a war inside yourself.

When you think of the big picture, it’s overwhelming and world peace seems impossible. So, let’s take it one step at a time and start with our families. How will you make a positive difference in your family today?

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