Thursday, September 15, 2011


A letter from a community group in Utah

Good afternoon Faiza!

I wanted to take a moment to commend you on the Family in Baghdad blog. What a fascinating blog! I really appreciate and enjoy the blog posts made by yourself and your family members. It is a really enlightening look at a culture with which I have very little experience, and I enjoy reading about your various experiences and view points. I particularly enjoyed your recent post about declining rates of literacy. Literacy is so important, not only to individuals, but to families and to societies as a whole. Your posts on the subject are fascinating, and I wish you luck in spreading the word, which is very important.

Anyway, I am also writing because I was wondering if you'd be interested in publishing a guest post that we would supply on the topic of 5 Reasons to Be Thankful For a Great Family. I work in association with the Daybreak community in Utah, which takes a great deal of pride in family values and clean living, and we are interested in reaching out to your readers and others who visit your blog, and helping to educate them on this subject.

Five Reasons to Be Thankful For a Great Family
--Philip J Reed, on behalf of Daybreak
In life, there are few things more important than family. We can have good days, and we can have bad days. We can have days where everything goes our way, and we can have days where nothing feels right. We can have friends who care about us, and enemies who do not wish us well. But in spite of everything, at any time of the day or night, there is one thing that we always have: family. That is why we are writing this article: to salute great families everywhere, and to remind us of why we are so fortunate to have them.
1) They Are Your Support Group
Your family will be there to help you and support you in many ways! From basic needs such as food and shelter all the way through emotional needs such as caring and companionship. Your family will be there for you to laugh at your jokes, to make you feel better after a bad day, and to remind you of what is most important in life. Whether playing together, eating, or simply enjoying the time you spend together, your family can be the highlight of your day. And you can be the highlight of theirs!
2) They Will Always Be Your Family
You may have very close friends, but they were not always your friends, and some of them may not always be your friends. You may lose contact with your friends, or they may do something that you find objectionable and you may not be able to see them in the same light. In a similar way, you may have a great job that you love, but it was not always your job and you will leave that job eventually. You may love your town, but you may always move. Your family, however, has always been your family, and, no matter what happens, you will always have them as your family. You are together throughout your entire life, and there is something magical about that fact.
3) There is Nobody Else Like Them in the World
Every member of your family is a unique individual. You would not mistake them for anybody! The way they talk, the things they say, the way they act, or even just the look in their eyes will always remind you of who they are, and why there is nobody else in the world quite like them. While you will always care for others as well, and always be able to find the good in many people, the fact remains that your family is your family, and that will always set them apart in your mind. And that is the way it should be!
4) They Are the Reason You Are Who You Are
Without your family, you would not be the same person you are today! With different parents you would look differently, act differently, and possibly even live in another part of the world. You may never have met your friends, and you may have taken a completely different path in life. Without your spouse you would be living somewhere else as well, perhaps with an entirely different family, or perhaps without a family of your own at all. Everybody we meet shapes our lives in some way, and our families shape our lives in such large ways that we would not exist at all in the same way without them!
5) They Are Thankful For You
It is true! You should be thankful for your family, because they are thankful for you! Whether you are a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, brother or sister, your family needs you and is glad for you. Their worlds would be very different without you, and they are thankful to have you in their lives. What better feeling can there be in the world than to know how much your family cares about you? Be sure to thank them in return!
The importance of strong family bonds cannot be overstated. Many communities, such as our own Daybreak in Utah, recognize this, and work to provide strong relationships within the community. But wherever you may live, anywhere in the world, it is your own family that is most important. Remind them how much you love them today, and tell them how thankful you are to have them be such an important part of your life!

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