Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What do you wish to tend?

Edited to add a link to Jamie´s post, where you can read what other wishers have to say. This is a picture of her lovely site, taken today to illustrate this wish.

I wish to tend to my tribe, my circle, my gang. Whichever way you want to call them. They are MY SISTERS.


To: My honorary sisters


Subject: Sisters

A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her Mother.

As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter.
"Don't forget your Sisters," she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. "They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need Sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.

"Remember that 'Sisters' means ALL the women... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives, too. "You'll need other women. Women always do."

'What a funny piece of advice!' the young woman thought. 'Haven't I just gotten married? Haven't I just joined the couple-world? I'm now a married woman, for goodness sake! A grownup! Surely
my husband and the family we may start will be all I need to make my life worthwhile!'

But she listened to her Mother. She kept contact with her Sisters and made more women friends each year. As the years tumbled by, one after another, she gradually came to understand that her Mom really knew what she was talking about. As time and nature work their changes and their mysteries upon a woman, Sisters are the mainstays of her life. After almost 45 years of living in this world, here is what I've learned:

THIS SAYS IT ALL:

Time passes.

Life happens.

Distance separates.

Children grow up.

Jobs come and go.

Love waxes and wanes.

Men don't do what they're supposed to do.

Hearts break.

Parents die.

Colleagues forget favors.

Careers end.

BUT.........

Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you.

A girlfriend is never farther away than needing her can reach.

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end.

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you. Or come in and carry you out.

Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters, daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, Mothers, Grandmothers, aunties, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I.

When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead.

Nor did we know how much we would need each other.

Every day, we need each other still.

Pass this on to all the women who help make your life meaningful.

I just did.

27 comments:

art2cee2 said...

Very true! :-)

Amanda St.Clair said...

Beautiful wish! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

erinrichardson said...

This is beautiful & wise Paula! As you wish for yourself, so do I wish for you and all of us Sisters x

Cindy Jones said...

Your story is beautiful and uplifting! Thank you for being my Wishcasting Wednesday Sister!
As Paula wishes for herself, I wish for her also!

Paula said...

To Paula from Paula, another sister glad to be reminded of the importance of sisters: as you wish for yourself, I wish for you too!

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

What a lovely wish. As Paula wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Ardeth Blood said...

As you Intend for yourself and those around you, I too am aligned with you.

You're off to a great start

GlendaM said...

What a beautiful, and oh so true, sentiment. Thank you for sharing this story and your life with all of us in this wonderful tribe!

As you wish for yourself, dear Paula, so do I wish for you as well!

LissaL said...

This is beautiful. Not a day goes by that I do not think & miss my beloved sister. Also I am so grateful for my "soul sistas" that keep me going through this journey called life.
As Paula wishes for herself, so I wish also.

Lacey said...

BEAUTIFUL AND SO TRUE!!!!

Tee said...

Beautiful! As you wish for yourself, I wish for you also!

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

Sisterly love... amen!
As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well. :]

Mare/TommyGirl said...

That story is so lovely and that's a wonderful wish!

As you wish for yourself, so I truly wish for you also.

Wendy said...

We women, don't support and honor each other as much as we need and deserve too..I love your wish tending to and it reminded me of all the important women in my life!

"As you wish for yourself, I wish as well for you."

Tia Tuenge said...

Paula your entry literally brought a tear to my eye. YES to our sisters. The women in my life, my tribe, mean more to me than words can express.

Thank YOU for sharing such a beautiful vision, such beautiful advice. I will save this to share with my daughter.

As you wish for yourself I too wish for you. May your tribe, your circle, your gang always be there for you.

I consider all of you my cyber sisters. xo

misteejay said...

What a beautiful message Paula.

Toni xx

Ceanne said...

Very true! I have no biological sisters and am so grateful for the soul sisters that Spirit has sent my way!

As Paul wishes for herself, I also wish for her(and all her sisters)!

Anne said...

Lovely, Paula.

Thanks for this.

Kim Switzer said...

What a lovely wish! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you as well.

Sandy VanNocker said...

Nothing like a great friend! As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you!

Sherri said...

Beautiful story. Girlfriends are necessary. As Paula wishes for herself so I wish for her also.

Gayle said...

As you wish for yourself, so do I wish for you as well.

tribes. very wonderful things and sounds as if you a beautiful one.

Lynn Stevens said...

Heres to all the sisters in our lives, we are truly blessed with! Lovly post.
hugs Lynn

Jane said...

There is something indescribable, something so very special about a circle of sisterhood ~ beautiful.

As Paula wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
Love,
Jane

Karen D said...
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Karen D said...

Beautiful post Paula, What a lovely tribe of sisters we've found here in Jamie's Wish Circle, makes me grateful to have found this space..
As you wish for yourself, I am always wishing for you also.

Kimberly said...

It is a very inspirational with that reminds me of the importance of family. I actually have three sisters and we all took a trip last summer. I have to admit I had the time of my life, I never thought it was going to be with my sisters but it was. We went to Argentina, rented some buenos aires apartments near downtown and visited a greatnumber of places. The whole trip was a way of bonding since we all helped each other through the difficulties and all of the things we saw are going to be in our memories for ever, next time we see something related to tango, the trip and the image of all of us will come to our minds!Kim

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