Getting Past the Guilt of Your Past

Artwork for Family Matters: Investing in the Things That Last

It’s one of those little quirks in life: we can pick our friends, we can pick our spouses, but we can’t pick our families! No one asked if we wanted our particular parents or grandparents or siblings or aunts or uncles or cousins, but they’re all ours. Being thrown into such a mix inevitably leads to friction because none of them is just like us, and all of us are imperfect. Family relationships are bound to strain at times and in many cases fracture, leading to feelings of failure and guilt, but there is a way to repair and rebuild damaged relationships—whether or not we’ve chosen them.