Family Reunion Forum
Just a note of encouragment
Hi All -
I just want you to know that what you are doing for the family is priceless. Since our 2006 reunion we have lost 6 family members. All of these individuals were strong participants at the 2006 reunion and will be sorely missed this year. The last reunion was the last time that most of us saw them alive. The pictures taken and the memories they left at that reunion makes us smile and even laugh out loud sometimes.
As a reunion planner you are a valuable asset to your family. I know that most times you don't feel appreciated but the fact that you are having the event will touch the life of at least one person in such a tremendous way it will be worth it. You may never know how you impacted the person because there are many people who will not let anyone - including family members - into their inner core out of fear, low-self esteem, lack of confidence, etc. initially. So what you are doing will help them break down some of those walls slowly but surely.
Yes, I am a planner and I sometimes feel unappreciated for the amount of time and effort that I put into the event. I have to constantly remind myself that it does not matter if I am doing this for 10 or 200 relatives; we are going to be creating memories that will last a lifetime. Also, the main purpose is to stop our busy life for awhile, strenghthen our relationship bonds plus knowledge of our legacy, eat good and laugh a lot. I know that the number of participants does not matter - yes a large number would be nice - but it is the quality of time spent with those who chose to spend it with you.
So, whatever you do, don't give up! Give yourself all the pats on the back you need along the way and know that you were given the gift of event planning for a purpose much bigger than you.