Inspire Your Family; families don’t really exist until they “connect.” Personally, I don’t define a family by who its members are or even by how those members might be related to each. I define a family by how it behaves and by the degree of connectedness and cohesion between its members. Even more I define a family by the degree of personal respect and compassion that its members express toward each other.

I have a feeling that my definition leaves out a lot of “families.”

My goal is to inspire families. I want folks to realize that the types of qualities that I just mentioned are not “pie in the sky.” When you live the kind of life that you are meant to live, families get closer. They learn to trust and better understand each other. Even if folks disagree or conflict, experiencing life together creates a sense of respect.

Real conflict between people is often preceded by an effort to dehumanize the person with whom you are in conflict. This is natural and subconscious. It is hard to dehumanize someone that you live close with every day so any conflict is usually boiled down to its simple essence and is easier to address.
I thought that I knew my family before we began our new lifestyle and I thought that they knew me. You would be surprised by what you can discover about people when you really spend time with them.

I hope that my articles light tiny sparks within you; sparks that challenge the way you currently live your life. I dare you not to put those sparks out. Let them burn and see what happens next. I promise life only gets better from here.

Author's Bio: 

Hugh DeBurgh, The Passionate Warrior, has dedicated his life to the achievement of the ultimate family lifestyle. You can find him writing about Creative Family Lifestyle Design over at his blog, The Way of the Passionate Warrior. Currently he is on the second leg of a worldwide travel adventure with his wife and four young children. His blog is at .