First, you are born into a family and eventually, you form your own. It’s a constant stream of love – or at least it should be. To show care and affection, you don’t need to be from a specific walk of life or have a particular social status or income. You just need to decide that they are important enough to receive the love and support that you would also like to get.
Take the England manager, Gareth Southgate, for example. While immersed in the euphoria of having led England to their first World Cup quarter-final in 12 years, he looked for his wife in the stands and went to hug her.
Gareth and Alison have been married for 20 years and have two children aged 19 and 15 together. Although she shies away from the spotlight of the WAG life, some people believe that England’s recent success stems from Gareth’s ‘family first’ attitude.
The England manager has admitted in the past that the quality time he spends with his family is the key to keeping him sane when he’s not working.
Because of this, the former England international encourages players to spend time with their families during the tournament’s downtime.
“Gareth Southgate has been amazing with allowing the families and players lots of contact,” affirmed Rebekah Vardy, wife of Jamie Vardy.
It seems that this strategy, to allow players to spend time with their loved ones, is paying off. It seems that the ‘curse’ that followed the national team has been lifted. England has reached the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006, having won a nail-biting penalty shoot-out for the first time since 1996. In Gareth’s own words, “The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing”.
Having a happy and healthy family life should never be taken for granted. However happy or successful you are, or think you are, is it really happiness if you have no one to love and support you at the end of the day?
Invest in your family. Join us on Sunday, 29 July at 10am to find out how the ‘My Family at the Foot of the Cross’ event can help you keep or make your house a loving home.
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