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August 1 is National Girlfriends Day. The first Sunday in August is National Sister’s Day. August 26 is Women’s Equality Day. Clearly, August is all about celebrating sisterhood and women.
Toni Morrison once said, “A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.” We love that quote, because it gets to the heart of sisterhood. The idea that we can celebrate our shared experience while also making lots of room for our differences. The idea that there is grace in not needing or expecting our sisters to be a certain way, because we love them exactly as they are. Acceptance is the first essence of sisterhood.
There is nothing more empowering than shining a light on the women in our lives, of putting our sisters up on top of that pedestal. When we reflect back to them their beauty and show them how magnificent they are, we make each other stronger, even when we are flying solo. No mantra of self-esteem can increase our confidence half as much as the awareness of a sisterhood that stands beside us, helping us face whatever life throws our way.
In a world that would have us compete for everything, sisterhood reminds us to celebrate each woman’s victory as our own. That’s how each of us can win every day, because every day, at least one of us is On Top.