Those who know me well know that I’m a big fan of Glennon Doyle Melton and her Momastery blog. I just love the beauty, power, vulnerability and simple truth that reside in her eloquent words. She feels like a sister from another mister. If you’re not yet acquainted, go check out her work; I have a hunch she’ll feel like a sister to you too.
On the topic of sisters, Glennon has this to say:
There is a term in carpentry called Sistering. Sometimes an existing joist, which was designed to handle a certain load, becomes too weak. Maybe it was damaged by water or fire. Maybe it still has structural integrity but an addition is being constructed and the new load is going to be a lot heavier than before. Either way, now it is not as sturdy as it needs to be.
When a builder needs to strengthen that joist, she puts a new member right next to the original one and fastens the two together. Sometimes, two new joists are needed-one on either side.
Do you know what they call that?
A Sister Joist.
On June 18th, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., beginning at Marathon Park, we’ll Climb Out of the Darkness to benefit Postpartum Progress and to advocate for support and better access to information and treatment for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders so that our sisters and their new families will get off to the healthy and strong start they deserve.
On this day, on the weekend closest to solstice, the day with the most light…we’ll Climb for ourselves, our mothers, our daughters, our friends….and we’ll Climb for our Sisters….
Sisters who need to know they are not alone and that postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are temporary and treatable. Sisters who survived. Sisters for whom things got so heavy and so dark that they did not survive. Sisters who feel overwhelmed all the time. Sisters who feel guilty or that they just aren’t cut out for motherhood. Sisters who had trouble bonding with their babies. Sisters who are caught in an endless loop of fear and “what ifs.” Sisters who experienced a traumatic birth, sisters who feel hopeless…like their situation will never get better, sisters who are battling feelings of panic and dread, sisters who feel numb and empty and like they are just going through the motions…
And we Climb for our Sisters who have Climbed out of the Darkness and into the Light of Hope and Recovery, who now know a peace and joy and depth and love they never knew was possible…
PS--Do you want any easy way to support our #ClimbOut of the Darkness? Join us on Sunday, 5/15 at Casa Mia of Olympia. They have GENEROUSLY agreed to donate 20% of every bill (just mention the climb) to this cause! Details can be found HERE.