Monday, October 12, 2009

Thoughts on Family Relationships

While Abdu’l-Baha often chose to speak about his dreams of world unity, he never overlooked the importance of unity within the family structure. The types of family relationships that develop within a loving and cooperative family unit help insure the eventual development, on a global scale, of genuine unity. Therefore Abdu’l-Baha encouraged the demonstration of love and understanding, in any interaction with other family members.

Abdu’l-Baha had been raised by parents who followed traditional Persian customs. The Persian culture highlights the value inherent in any display of loving and caring attitudes towards close and even distant relatives. Abdu’l-Baha never failed to respect any family member, including those relatives who questioned the authoritative wisdom behind each of Abdu’l-Baha’s many statements.

The above paragraphs about family relationships have made the contents on this blog part of a mass blogging. I am participating in that mass blogging. A woman on Writing (WOW) has gathered a group of “blogging buddies,” and has asked those buddies to write about family relationships. WOW is celebrating release of the novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, the first novel authored by Therese Walsh. That fictional book, scheduled to come out on October 13, 2009, relates the mysterious journey that helps a woman to learn about herself and her twin, whom she lost when they were teenagers.

Today, Therese and each of her blogging buddies has put some reflections on family relationships within each of their numerous blog entries. If you want to read those reflections, then you should go to At that same website, you can also read about what Therese and each of her buddies felt compelled to say about family relationships. If you want to learn more about Theresa Walsh, then go to this website:


Angela said...

Abdu'l-Baha is right--we definitely need love and understanding when it comes to family members! Thank you for sharing. :)

LuAnn said...

Those really are lovely thoughts. Thanks for sharing them!

Flory said...

Love and understanding are what get you through the fights and disagreements, I think.

I'm also participating with mass blog day. Please stop by to read my post. :)