The Family Strong Bond Tree

Introduction *************** I would usually write an article that is applicable to individuals in the military as well as civilian arena. However, this month I decided to go deeper into my thought box. The above drawing was used at one of my coping skill group sessions that I facilitated, and decided to share it with my fellow Soldiers and their family members. I named the above drawing, “The Family Bond Tree.” The drawing coupled with it’s name may seem obvious but its meaning is more than the obvious. ******************************************************** Meaning ******************************************************** The tree itself represents the entire family as a unit; it can be very strong but not without nurturing. Each member of the family has to support the unit (the tree) with a synergistic effort in order for the tree to flourish. Similar to trees humans too have their blooming and withering seasons. ******************************************************** The red heart drawings represent the presence of each family member with the exception of the heart on top the tree. The heart that sits on top of the tree represents the higher spirit or whatever higher power one worships. In my opinion, in order for one to function fully as an individual as well as a unit the presence or inclusion of something higher than self needs to be involve. This also helps guard, guide, and lead you to become more resilient and...

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