Ohana

Ohana is a Hawaiian word that is part of its culture. The word means family in an extended sense; not limited to blood related but adoptive or intentional families as well. But even more so, for Hawaiians it means “nobody gets left behind or is forgotten”.

We are born into our blood families and for many this is a blessing because they have family that is always there for them and on whom they can depend. But what about those who are less fortunate – who do not have a close family that they can count on?

Thankfully, the word in Hawaiian is not limited to people related by blood. Sometimes the family we choose fits the word Ohana more than the family we are given.

Everyone needs people in their lives they can turn to in difficult times. People they can call when they are scared, overwhelmed, or just need to talk. About a week ago I was faced with a situation which brought up some unhappy past memories. I picked up my phone and called my best friend who although lives across the country from me, is a person I know has and will always be there for me.

Do you have people who are Ohana for you, people who will not forget you or leave you behind? People that you can depend on through the good and not such good times? My prayer for you is that you do and if you do not, that you find some people to support you, love you, and comfort you. Life has challenges enough without having to go it alone. May you find your Ohana.

Quote of the Week

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.”
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