I love Spiders !

I love spiders ! They may just be my favorite animal.

To me, they aren’t creepy , crawly things meant to send a shiver up your spine. They don’t just have relevance to Halloween spookiness…they have relevance to the WESOS Foundation!

Now that I have your attention, let me tell you a story.

Many years ago, I had someone who worked for me give me a Christmas gift. It was beautifully wrapped and a small box so I had already figured out it was jewelry. As most of you know, there isn’t much by way of jewelry that I don’t like , so I was already anticipating a great gift in that little, beautifully wrapped box!  But when I opened it, inside was a pin in the shape of a spider sitting on a web.  To say that I was taken aback would be a understatement.  I couldn’t figure out why this otherwise perfectly normal woman had wrapped up an insect pin for me!  What in the world ?? Was I giving off an “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark” vibe as a boss?

She must have seen the odd look on my face and started laughing. “Do you think I’m nuts?” she said.   “Well…now that you mentioned it !” said I. ” What made you choose a spider for me?”

She explained that she had watched me build what she called “web of people” that never seemed to make sense on the surface, but seen together were really beautiful. Like a spider’s web, it grew outward with lace-like precision and beauty.

Well, at that very second, my love of spiders (and the beauty of spider webs) was born!

Over the years, I’ve come to think of spider webs as an analogy for the connections we form in life. Some of them are conscious building projects that require the diligence of spinning silken strands and connecting the pieces. Some of them are like the delicate, sparkling ones that shine with diamond-like dew drops and just seem to appear out of nowhere, fully formed and magical.  Each connection is it’s own unique creation, never to be duplicated and precious in, and of, themselves.

Now what does all of this have to do with the WESOS Foundation?

The basis of the Foundation is that we all have something to learn and something to share.  It is being built around the knowledge that we have each crafted a web of influence ( as Jean says very eloquently in her article this month !) and can use it for positive impact.  How we touch the people around us is a beautiful and unique legacy that can build  another Sister up in small ways and grand ones, too.   If you are interested in becoming a Foundation Mentor, and building connections with the women who need our help and support, click HERE and send me a note. I’d be proud to help your web shine and grow.

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