"Sisterhood: A state of collaboration and genuine support in relationships between women. Connection as deep as family." - Chris Maddox
Before you go any further, imagine what it would look like if for just one day all females joined forces and made a pact to help one another. If we erased thoughts of competition, made an effort to compliment each other, took the extra step to show love and respect instead of side-eying strangers and talking smack about friends. Think about that and envision what could be accomplished if we decided to join forces and hold one another up as we all work towards success. This is not a suggestion to go out and befriend every female that ever was, but this is a challenge to try and start upholding fellow females and wishing the best for them.
I had the honor of exploring this concept of reclaiming sisterhood with the Wild Woman Project; I spent a weekend with wildly authentic women, exploring love, acceptance, growth, understanding and respect for ourselves and for others in our day to day lives. How to open our hearts to really look, engage with and understand one another — how to appreciate other females for who and what they are. Here are some ways to achieve this process:
Eliminate thoughts of competition
Think about how often you compare yourself with other females. When you walk into a room, while you're sitting on the train, in the workplace, at a bar, on your news feed... the list goes on. Whether you're comparing your body, partner, accomplishments, whatever it might be, those thoughts of who is "better" can sometimes be inevitable. Make a daily effort to try and eliminate those thoughts. When you see other females, don't jump to see them as competitors but instead, see them as allies. There is enough love, respect and success for all of us in this world. Bless others and wish the best for them. View one another through a lens of love.
One of the only ways that it will make it easier to respect and honor other women is if you have learned to respect and love yourself. Take time on the journey of practicing self-love and use that understanding to pass the love onto others. As important as it is to look at your sisters through a lens of love, it's just as important to view yourself through that same lens. It might be easy to see how beautiful, smart or accomplished someone else might be and start down the road of comparison but take a step back. Remember that you are also all of those things, but in your own way. We are all different and we all deserve to be loved and respected, by others and ourselves.
See that others are on a journey
Make a point to encourage others to follow their dreams and not to sell themselves short. Make sure that your sisters are on a journey to discover what they are meant to do in this world. Females have so much power and capacity to make change in this society that inadvertently makes it harder for them to do so. We need support, we need each other. Push one another to be bold and take steps towards greatness. See that others are on a journey and make an effort to grow together.
Learn more about the Wild Woman Project here.
About the Author
Sienna Brown is co-founder and Communications Director of WildSpice Magazine. She is constantly on a journey to inspire and be inspired while engaging in different methods of creation. Sienna is a photographer, writer, adventurer and overthinker. Her passion for life and learning about others leads her towards constant exploration and practicing the art of listening as much as she can. See more of her work here and follow her on twitter for constant musings and inspiration.