At each new milestone as she was growing her site, I remember her asking, "Wait a minute... who am I to be doing this? Do I really have the credentials?" It's that little voice that creeps in and wants to undermine... to sabotage. Don't we all know that voice? Dang... I know I do. I think we all hear that voice when we put ourselves out there in pursuit of our dreams. It's how we react to that voice that is key. I know she'd say that in her past she did let that voice stop her. But in this leg of her journey, I have proudly watched her quiet that voice and keep on keepin' on. We would have conversations about it. She would express her doubts and fears... just get it out... and then "act anyway". She just kept showing up to her passion... steadily and consistently... at her desk in her little corner of the world, pouring out heartfelt words and images that inspire teachers, parents, and grandparents with ideas and information. And now... this virtual world is leading her "out there"... all the way to NYC. How cool is that? :-) I am so proud of her for this success... this exciting trip... but I am even more proud of her for walking her life. For learning to believe in herself. For sharing her natural gifts and talents. And I'm so proud that she's my sister.
Ah, sisters. I am so blessed to have two sisters that are life-long friends... soul-mates, really. I have also watched my younger sister, Carolyn, push through fears and "rise to the occasion"... in so many ways. Heck, she recently stepped in to coach a basketball team of 11 year olds! Ummm... yeah. That's ultimate courage in my opinion. :-) But I will write more about the special connection I have with Carolyn in another blog... if I dare put in writing some of the craziness she has seen me through... lol.
It was just Sheryl and I for seven years before sister number three came along, so we were pretty close... very compatible playmates and friends. From Barbies to Big Wheels to Boyfriends... oh my! ;-) Our lives were pretty parallel up until our twenties when she got married and started a family and I... well, I almost did that... but took a detour and went the route of music and adventure (not that raising a family isn't an adventure... but I think you know what I mean). Yet, even though our lives looked different on the outside, we were connected in our souls. And yes, we were mirrors for each other. I would sometimes look at her life and long for marriage and family... and I know she would say she experienced the occasional pang of jealousy at my life of freedom and adventure. I suppose our souls wanted to have the fullness of all of it.
And here we are now... what feels like a balance of two extremes. This life-long bond of sisterhood has seen us through to a more fully realized version of ourselves, with our souls leading the way. I learn from my sisters, they learn from me, and we cheer each other on as we rise to our hearts desires. We remind each other of who we are and where we came from. And no matter where we are in life, there is unconditional love and connection. Oh... and freckles. Lots of freckles. :-)
Today I celebrate "soul mirror sisterhood". Cheers to those life-long bonds, blood ties or not, that lift us up, carry us forward. and remind us of who we truly are. And a big congratulations to my sister, Sheryl... to another milestone in your journey. Go get 'em, sis! <3