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Giving Thanks for Our Brotherhood

Posted By Ryan Cerone, Educational Consultant, Monday, November 30, 2015

With Thanksgiving just behind us and the holiday season in full swing, I thought that I would talk today about the importance of brotherhood and family and how they are intertwined. We all have our typical families in some shape or form; however we are also fortunate to have the family we chose. In the decade I have been lucky enough to wear Phi Kappa Sigma on my chest, I have made countless connections and forged relationships that are unwavering and resolute,  in a world where those types of relationships are so precious and as rare as gold.  Due to my involvement in Phi Kappa Sigma, through activities in my own chapter, national events such as Men of Honor, CSI, and Grand Chapter, and visiting chapters through work and personal trips, I have gotten to not only have deep meaningful conversations with brothers across North America, I have also been privileged to take part and observe countless gavel passes and observe what Phi Kappa Sigma means to brothers from countless cultures and backgrounds.

What I have found is the greatest testimony to what we all do in our time as active brothers. No matter what background or culture we come from, our ideas of what is brotherhood remains constant. Regardless of our past our future is paved with brothers, family we chose, and who chose us, family who subscribes to the same values we do. For this family… trust, honor, respect, knowledge, wisdom, responsibly, and integrity take precedent over everything and selfishness and disloyalty does not exist. When one aspect of our lives falters this family is here to pick up the slack, to let us know that no matter what happens they have our back and we will come out the other end and we will be ok.

I’d like to take the time to make this consulting blog a little interactive for everyone it reaches. In the comments below write a story about why you are thankful for you Phi Kap Family. Open yourselves up for why this family is important to you, and how have they helped you in your time here. I’ll start!

When I lost my father almost 7 years ago, I didn’t know how I was going to be ok, how I would come out the other end of the ordeal and still be me. Enter Phi Kappa Sigma, out of school, alone, spiraling, my brothers did so much to make sure that any negative feeling was just that, a feeling, a fleeting moment that would not last long because I knew my family was with me. Whether it was a phone call, a road trip, a letter my family made sure that I knew my family stood by my side and would never leave it. Even now 7 years later, I know that no matter what I have thousands of family members I can call on if I need them, and as you read this I hope you realize, so do you. 

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