How A Brother Can Change Your Life

“I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.”Maya Angelou


I'm better at doing life because of my brother.

I wouldn't have said that when I was 13, and I don't think for a second that this is a universal truth between siblings.

My friendship with my brother feels like a gift. Mark feels like a gift... now.

He didn't always.  He pushed me at an early age.

Keep up! Don't just sit there, do something. Quit whining! Leave me alone.

He didn't suffer my foolishness well and gave me no special consideration for not knowing how to do something.

Figure it out. Ask for help. Don't be so proud you can't be taught.

His encouragement was positive and the way he modeled grabbing life by the --ummmm- horns, was and is irresistible.  Mark is hardwired as a coach and is as resourceful a person as you'll ever meet. He wasn't about to have either of his sisters be anything except capable and independent. His role in shaping my capacity to be a productive member of the human race can't be overstated.

If you know my brother, he's undoubtedly played a similar role in your life.

I try to not take Mark for granted. I am especially appreciative that on this day in the decade of the 60's he was born, and the world was a better place. Happiest of days!!