Growing up with two younger sisters has certainly made my life more colorful. More fights, more missing clothes and books, more tears, but also more love. More courage. More hugs and more hands to hold. And I have been lucky enough to develop lasting friendships with strong, smart, and loving women who have become my honorary sisters. These women have carried me through the darkness of difficult times and made joyful days infinitely brighter.
The Gifts of Sisterhood
Yesterday, August 2, was National Sisters Day. My two sisters and I had the chance to spend the day together, a chance that has become rarer over the years. Sitting beside them, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for everything my sisters have given me. Here are just a few blessings that sisters give each other:
- Laughter – I have never laughed harder than when I’m sharing a ridiculous moment with my sisters. Laughter keeps me sane; it eases every burden, soothes heartache, and always manages to put things in perspective.
- Courage – Whenever I am paralyzed by fear or indecision, I turn to my sisters. By listening to my doubts and offering wise advice, my sisters help me face the unknown.
- Wisdom – My sisters always have a fresh perspective on any problem I am grappling with. I am always impressed by the wise insights they have to offer. Having a sister means having an extra brain to power through problems with – someone who understands how you tick and knows just what to say to make you feel better.
- Partners in Crime – Whether it’s spontaneous cake-baking, late-night scary movies, tubing on the lake, photoshoots on the porch, or diving headfirst into icy West Coast waves, my sisters have shown me there’s always room in the day for an adventure.
This week, reach out to a sister who loves you and let her know how much you appreciate her presence in your life. Despite differences and disagreements, a true sister always has your back. Are you close to your sisters/ siblings? What is your favorite thing to do with your sister?