By Vernalee
Corporate great, Lee Iacocca once said, “If you have had 5 real friends, you have had a great life.” True that! Answer this! How many of your family members are friends and how many are “leave them where you found them” types? Ouch! Do they really get on your nerves that badly? This brings me to another fascinating phrase that has been echoed for years. “If they were not your family, you wouldn’t pick them as friends!” Most definitely not! Stop! Don’t shoot me I am just the messenger; specifically, the writer in this case. Neither did I invent the phrase; nor am I here to prove its validity. I am certain that you have enough family members to test the phrase’s authenticity and scientific hypothesis. Just think back to all the arguments, fights, bite your tongue moments that have occurred over the years. Some family members go around prophesying in the name of Jesus, yet they haven’t even spoken to some relatives in years because purportedly they don’t like them! Sounds hypocritical to me! What do you think? Better yet, how many relatives have been at war for so long that they don’t even know why they are fighting? Amazing! Through the family’s umbilical cord, the fights have moved into the next generation. Practice makes perfect! We do what we see! Children aren’t speaking to their peer relatives because one set of parents didn’t speak to the other! “Can you feel me?” The Hatfields and McCoys are just plain neophytes compared to many noticeable family divisions and rivalries. Let me clarify. I’m sorry … the Hatfields’ and McCoys’ comparative refers to two different unrelated families. The family to which the infamous quote references are blood related barracudas who sucker punch each other verbally, emotionally – and have been known to engage in physical entanglements. Pow! Lest not even enter the realms of those who can’t stand each other’s guts and make it known while they live in the shadow of their blood relative’s comparative greatness! That’s enough; hush your mouth! Look people! Get this under control! We don’t need circulating in our midst, Cain’s and Abel’s footnotes or tragedy. We were pre-warned in the Book of Genesis! Take heed! Show some love! Hatred and jealousies started this argumentative mess! The circle of this madness, disrespectful conduct, and hatred can stop with you! The family was created by God! He knew what he was doing and what was good for us. We need to get with the program; before it’s too late!
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