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Today Morning I got an email from one of my professional friends stating she would be unavailable for a discussion which was scheduled to be held tonight.

The topics that we had decided for our meeting were very intriguing & engaging. So for obvious reasons, I was little disheartened but at the same time, my mind was dwelling on the thought that what made her cancel the meeting for which she was super excited and had planned a week before.

Having called her I realized the intensity of her sudden decision as she was about to reach at her sister’s house who faced with an accident (though she was fine with some minor injuries) but staying with her & giving her moral support at that moment was the best thing she could do for her.

I was truly overwhelmed with my friend’s gesture & thanked my stars for having her in my life. Because she’s an epitome of kindness…a support system that everyone craves for..but do you know why ?? Why am I praising her so much as anybody in her place would have done the same for their sister or for any family member for that matter ?

Knowing her from a pretty long time I am aware that she has two brothers & she’s the only daughter of her parents, they are 3 siblings. So, who’s this sister now, for whom she’s hugely concerned..wanted to be with her..comforting her..supporting her ??

As she proudly puts it..that injured lady is a part of her extended family. A family where she must be having another some 70 odd sisters & brothers.

She defines it divinely..they are not my family by birth but they are my family by choice..they are my extended support group.

Imagine a world where everyone is bonded not by blood but by love..where they speak the language of compassion minus any conditions..where they come & share, respect & encourage, support & stand irrespective of the fact that they are all different belonging to different caste, creed, culture and for that matter also belong to various societal strata, class, skills, and abilities.

Just for a moment..close your eyes & imagine all the people around you are watching you’re without judgment & without criticism, they are genuinely and absolutely in love with you without passing comments, without making lewd remarks, not pulling you down or pushing you under the carpet & the entire world has become one huge family..our extended family. that sounds utopia to me..a place to be..that’s the kind of world we all wish to be in.

Am eagerly waiting for the next meeting with my enlightened friend where we would sit along to converse on a hearty affair that’s so righteous & fair with all strength in my mind & positivity in my heart.

So let us pledge to create a support group as now  I am raring to create one that is my extended family..which has no categories.

Just pure big fat family. My extended family.


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Ruheena Priyadarshini is a positive psychologist, professional speaker, and communication expert. She designs and develops seminars and workshops for Corporates, Universities, Institutions and conceptualizes various modules for Parents, Teachers & Students on Positive parenting, Self-growth, Positive attitude developments and other customized topics.