I used to have a vision, of perfect family life We’d laugh and cuddle every day, no hint of tears or strife I saw this as a challenge, a problem I could solve I’d find the path to daily peace, contentment for us all
I researched, read and listened, searched for answers far and wide Sure I would find the solution, with logic on my side The more I chased my dream, the more it slipped away Arguments and resentments churned a little more each day
The mounting waves of should’s and must’s, tools and strategy Built so high they overwhelmed, crashed my energy Engulfed, tossed, turned, depleted and unsure At rock bottom came a clarity I hadn’t felt before
I stilled enough to listen to the voice that lives within Finally it was clear, where I needed to begin Family tensions aren’t a problem, but a normal part of life My reaction to it though, could calm or fan the strife Instead of seeing tears and shouts as something to be corrected I began to see the needs they masked, emotions now accepted
In letting go of judgment and the need to keep control, My wounds began to heal, energy infused my soul In learning how to feel and let go, a magic slowly unfurled Our bonds began to deepen, we felt the compassion that lives in this world
I saw the strength in vulnerability, where once I only saw pain Instead of turning away I met it with love, time and again As I look upon the tension, now I see through eyes that know It’s not a battle to be fought and won, but a chance to learn and grow.
Like seasons and the waves, our lives will ebb and flow Sometimes we’ll hold on, sometimes we’ll need to let go For the secret to family life and keeping joy alive in our souls Is accepting that life won’t be perfect, that perfection was never the goal Some days will bring despair and hurt, some day’s will bring laughter and fun Even the hardest of days can spark wonder, at what each of us might become