If you've been following this site long enough, you know how one of my annual rituals is to set a word as my theme for the year. I'm not a religious person but I love how language and words can influence us deeply even when we're not always aware of how they do so. Meditating on a theme throughout the year keeps me on track. It's not exactly a prayer to some higher power as much as it is an anchor for me to stop me from drifting about or going off the deep end. Why "trust"? To me, trust is the bedrock of all relationships.
As regulars here will know, since 2015, I have used this day to highlight one woman who has been inspiring to me and others. Like many other women, I also had to get past my annoyance with the Hallmark-ey and consumerist mindsets that this day has generally proliferated. What I decided, though, is that women, overall, have had to struggle a lot to get here — from voting rights to patriarchal societal rules to sexism and misogyny, and a lot more. So if we take one day a year just to celebrate how far we have come and how much further we intend to go, that's definitely worthwhile. Beware of settling for the awful social media forwards/shares that celebrate women for doing so well per patriarchal norms and expectations. These faux feminism stances do a whole lot more to harm than bolster the position of women in our cultures.
Yesterday was the celebration of an Indian Hindu festival called "Raksha Bandhan". Like most Hindu festivals, it is based on the Lunar calendar, so the actual day in August varies each year. But, it happens during a Full Moon, which is considered auspicious. The main ceremony involves sisters tying decorated and colorful rakhis on their brothers' wrists -- actually, a lot more ornate than the ones shown in the image.