“Family Optimization” is clearly an extension of “Relationship Optimization,” but it is important enough in the process of “Human Optimization™” to justify it’s own classification.
Princess Diana once said “Family is the most important thing in the world.” She was right. No one ever laid on their deathbed and said, “I wish I spend less time with my family.”
Family is the strongest, and most important, relational cluster in society. A strong family is a refuge from the struggles of life. It is a place where we can be ourselves, and still be loved by the people we love and are committed to. It is an environment where children can grow up being protected and receiving guidance, so that they can one day make a healthy contribution to society. Family is the beginning of life, the gate keeper of sanity, a haven for recovery, a distributor of joy, and a spring board to success and happiness.
When the family unit breaks down, all the members suffer greatly. Life can quickly turn from heaven to hell. There is nothing more painful than the disintegration of the relationships that are the most dear to you. The result will be a diminished experience of peace, and a drop in performance and productivity. You cannot be at your best when the home fires are fading.
The demise of the family is a blow against “Human Optimization.™” With a divorce rate exceeding 50%, regardless of religious convictions, the family unit is not as strong as it could be, or once was. Everyone suffers from this reality, but no one suffers more than the children of broken families. What was once a haven for the weary, becomes a battleground for the troubled and confused. The strong relational bonds that should contribute to peace and productivity, contribute instead to anxiety and defeat.
When you make the effort build a strong family unit you are creating an environment where peace and productivity can flourish. You provide an atmosphere where children can experiencing the joy of peace while they develop into healthy adults who will one day be the leaders of our world.
Make your family a place of refuge and revitalization for every member. Everyone will benefit from the relational peace you create. Inner peace will flourish, and productivity will increase. Each member of your family will be better equipped to make a more significant contribution to the world— everyone including you. This is because they will do so from a place of strength and contentment.
Keep the home fires burning…don’t burn up the home!