Lots of Folks are Talking About the Umbrella

gala.jpgAs I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had the awesome experience of attending the 8th Annual A Working Woman in Need Gala last week.  During the event, I was able to present one of the awards to my dear friend Lisa

What a great opportunity it is to create relationships, give and get support, and learn and teach with those around you!  This has been on my mind a lot lately and I am apparently not the only one.

I am lukewarm to the current pop music scene.  But the lyrics to Umbrella stay with me when this topic comes up.

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be a friend
Took an oath I’ma stick it out till the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella

I know why this particular set of lyrics resonates with me. 

  • Real friends do well when things are really good, when they are really bad, and every stop in between.  It is tough when you have a person in your life that can only handle one or the other – can’t stand to see you succeed, or needs drama to feel useful.
  • Umbrellas are great.  They keep you dry.  However, when there gets to be more than one person underneath it, everybody gets wet.  But, everybody is drier than they would have been.  We may be a little wet, but sharing the load benefits everybody.

So, even though the weather is beautiful here right now, I need to always be prepared and consider my own umbrella and the umbrellas of others. 

  • Not all umbrellas are made the same. 
  • Not all people share the same. 
  • Not all people want you to share with them.

In a day where technology helps facilitate relationships, face to face networking has unlimited venues, and we are told never to eat alone, it can become a challenge to know who you can share your umbrella with and whose you can feel safe standing under.

I’d love to hear about your umbrella!


  1. I had a great time hanging out with all those beautiful women!

    And the wonderful things you said about Lisa when you presented that award? Dang! That made the whole night for us.

    Thanks, April!

  2. Lisa makes it incredibly easy to say great things. We are lucky to have her dedicate her time to us. She is truly an ace in the hole and I don’t even want to think what I would do without her. (Her husband is pretty cool too!)

  3. It may sound lame, but my husband is absolutely my umbrella! We’ve gone through so much together and he’s my best friend- PLUS he holds the umbrella.

    After a falling out with my family (nearly being disowned) over money (I needed help paying for college one semester), he stepped up to bat and told them they were jerks that make me cry (and it was true). After losing a child, traveling back and forth to Oklahoma, Fort Worth and everywhere in between, building a business together, spending nearly every waking moment together and never wanting to do things separately, he wears many hats for me- my protector, love, best friend, spiritual guide, business partner and UMBRELLA!

    btw- April, I DO love your new hair 🙂

  4. I don’t think it sounds lame at all. I think it sounds wonderful! Your relationship is one of the things I like best about you. I fully believe that you can tell a lot about a person by the relationships they create.

    btw – it’s great ain’t it 🙂 I was rather excited – and hubby even likes it!

  5. Nice to see Chris and Lisa all fancied-up …

  6. Ben – it was a blast!

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