Sisterhood ~ A Woman’s Strength
In the last couple of days a comforting image has come to mind on more than one occasion. The car accident my husband and I were in ten days ago shook us to the core. Though we weren’t seriously injured, rolling over four times did a little more than addle our brains. We are recovering slowly and steadily and that is all that matters.
Loud noises make us jump, little annoyances seem big ~ we describe ourselves as “twitchy”. But we go through each day doing our respective jobs, taking care of the bureaucratic rat’s nest that has ensued, one phone call at a time, visiting doctors, etc. We do alright, all things considered.
Lying in bed at night, when the immediate demands have ceased, images come back to haunt me. The sequence of events plays out in my mind, various chapters, days and moments rehearse themselves trying to find a place to settle in my memory. It is not pleasant but I like to believe it is a necessary part of the healing process. In the midst of the chaotic images tumbling around in my psyche, a disparate, completely unexpected one eased its way into the mix.
In this new image, I am encircled by all of the warm, wise women I have come to know over the years. Their arms reach out to hold me up, their affectionate smiles and soft words allow me to feel safe and relax, knowing I am cared for, loved and protected. The image reminds me in feel and tone of something Laurel Birch might have depicted ~ in softer, more muted tones. I am not an artist, but I would like to take a stab at creating a pictorial image of what I see in my mind’s eye, because it feels like a universal image of love, motherhood, sisterhood, perhaps even God.
Womanhood, in its purest essence, in its most perfect earthly example of nurturing wisdom, is a powerful force ~ one that seems sorely missing in the external world and yet profoundly present in the spiritual realm. I intend to hang on to this image as I heal and throughout the rest of my life. I encourage you to begin to assemble your own personal collection of loving, kind, compassionate sisters, so that in your hour of need you can breathe in their strength until you can once again find your own and return the favor.