This blog post is dedicated to the special love and bond between sisters: the sisterhood! In this case, I am not referring to the sisterhood that only applies to blood-related siblings, I mean the love and appreciation of women who have celebrated, laughed, grown and overcome together and have understood the importance of uplifting one another. Many attribute this special bond to be exclusive to the sisterhood within a specific ethnic group but my experience has been that "the sisterhood" doesn't know the confinements of race. Anybody can be a sister's keeper. And the reason for me writing this piece is that I want to say to those sisters who have been there for me and others, and to those who will continue to do so in the future, I appreciate you!
While reading this, some might think that this is a feminist-piece but on the contrary, this is a complete love- and appreciation-piece. "The sisterhood" represents strength, wisdom and love. It embodies that special bond among women, yet is not about gender at all. It is about the importance of standing strong together. An African proverb says: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." In other words, the sisterhood is that community of strength that will inspire you to accomplishing more by providing the support system to do so. Furthermore, there is so much satisfaction in cheering others on. Life is not only about you and what you want to do, rather it is about appreciating others and celebrating their success. As remarkable as it may seem to be on the receiving end of this unique support system, the giving aspect is even greater! The following Bible verse expresses this so accurately: "...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”"Acts 20:35 NIV
To sum this up in a short and sweet way: A big shout out to all my sister's keepers! You might not be aware of how much you have blessed someone with a word of encouragement, gesture of kindness or simply by having an open ear. The Bible says: "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters." Hebrews 13:1 NIV Thus, we all should aim to be brother's and sister's keepers. Showing love to others comes with a great blessing and reward. If we would all focus a bit more on what we can do for others, instead of thinking about what others can do for us, this world would be a better place.