Thank you very much for your response - it all rings true...
I am not sure if the responses appear as you, yourself, write them, but a minute or 2 before I received the message, I had this overwhelming urge to write to my brother and tell him that I appreciate everything he has done for me/us, that I love him very much and we would always be here for him, when I know it seems he is always the one who has to be there for eveyone else. There was a recent conflict ("sticky" is a good word) - and although my brother is more old-fashioned and difficult about things at times, we feel the conflicting energy is coming more from the in-law side (his wife). My husband and I have decided to stay firm on our decision to remove ourselves from the situation, but my overall feeling was that I needed to communicate "love" to my brother, not animosity.
We moved abroad about 4 3/4 years ago and it has been tough - for me - for us - for various reasons. We constantly struggle with whether to stay or to go - and it is not a simple desicion. We are doing what we can to keep it together, be patient and move forward wisely.
Thank you, again, and I wish you a wonderful day :-)
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