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A miracle between Mexico and Cambodia... thanks to Pulse Wire

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I think that I’ve already told you before that since I started the Project of Peace Correspondent, i really started to see the world in a very different way.

Sometimes actually I feel a little guilty among my colleagues, because they use to see only the big troubles, the big difficulties, the political corruption and all kind of disasters and crisis.

Well, I have to accept that all those things really exist in our world… ¿how would I deny them? not only that, actually I am working in “this peaceful side” because I am completely conscious of the necessity of a real change

But the point here is that I have decided to see “the changes” that already exist among us … I have decided to search not for all the troubles, but for all solutions… and little by little, my view has changed as well, and I started to have an encouraging and hopeful look. That’s why maybe now I use to see “a different” world to which that my workmates are seeing.

Today I wanted to share to you a huge miracle that happened to me few days ago:

By reading Pulse Wire news, I found the story of Theary Seng, a wonderful woman working for peace in Cambodia. I was really touched for her story, and I decided that I wanted to publish that text in Peace Correspondent website.

I started to ask to some our mentors in Pulse Wire for her contact, I answered her in her post, I searched for her e-mail and time was passing without answers. One night, late here in Mexico (4am or something like that) I decided to write to the general mail of Theary’s office, asking for her permission to publish her text. Immediately I received an automatic answer saying that they were on holydays, and also that Theary was out of office for 2 or 3 weeks.

I felt sad at the beginning, but latter I decided to call to a cell phone that it was in that e-mail. It was the cell phone of the Theary’s secretary and I just call her.

When I say: Hi, I am calling you from Mexico, she was completely in shock. Mexico and Cambodia seems to be very separated, isn’t?! There is a big, a huge distance among those countries. But maybe thanks to that shock, this kind girl gave me the cell phone of Theary herself… I could not believe it. So I took the opportunity and in that moment I called Theary.

It was just fantastic. The connection was indescribable! She was also completely surprised of my call, of my country, and of my proposal to translate her text to Spanish. She gave me an enthusiastic YES.

When I hanged on, I felt happy … very happy and worried. I have found Theary, she accepted my proposal, and that was wonderful … but … I started to think: this is a poetical and very personal text, and for sure, I am not a professional translator… what am I going to do now?! I went to bed with these mixed feelings in my head and my heart, but I decided to put the “problem” in universe hands…

Incredible. Believe it or not, the next morning, when I turned on my computer, I found an e-mail of my former boss in CNN giving me the details of a “volunteer translator”. I wrote her immediately and she accepted to do things for Peace Correspondent for free.

Yesterday I published the text of Theary Seng in our website. I only added a final context that I wrote just to amplify the information about the “Killing fields” of Cambodia to those that do not know anything (or not enough) about it.

What I am trying to say by telling you this crazy and wonderful story?! I find some “messages” that are helping me to keep walking in this road that I choose:

1) Follow the things that you believe on, even if you do not get it immediately or in a easy way

2) Work always in the right direction, but not only in “one way”, search, talk, try, and if you give up, make sure that you are only doing “for a while”, to take some air

3) Do not believe in distance (nor physical one, but any kind of distances: language, religion, color… any kind, it is only our illusion, you will see if you dare to pass over it)

4) Believe in miracles and in the power of this fantastic universe. Ask and pray, working hard in the meanwhile.

5) Talk about your necessities not only with the universe, but with all the people who can help you… you never know who, when and how you will receive “a hand” to do your work and make your dreams come truth

The truth is that I still learning while I am working. Sometimes I am afraid, sometimes I am not so sure about the next step, and sometimes I feel alone, tired, desperate or I use to ask myself: am I walking the right road?

I am sure that, just like me, those kind of internal questions are assaulting you often… that is why I decided to share this “little big” story with all of you.

Just to tell you: believe in your steps, believe in your hearts, in your decisions… give you the chance to feel bad sometimes, it is human … but latter, took some new air and still walking to your goals. If you really believe on them, then you will get something good in the most unexpected moment, in some way that you only could qualify the moment as “magic”.

Finally, here you will find the Spanish translation of Theary’s story.
http://www.corresponsaldepaz.org/es/Archivo/Reportajes/Theary-Seng-Cambo...

(At the end, below of Theary’s video, you will find the link to the original text)

Love and grateful. Xthina “ )

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Maria de Chirikof's picture

So inspiring!

My daughters and I were talking just tonight of something like this where we felt like we would only ever have words instead of action. I found inspiration in so many woman on here and am working hard to help move to the next steps where I figure out how to best turn my desires for peace, for woman and children, for indigenous peoples into something real.

Thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring post. It is heartwarming and just what we needed to hear as we all start on this next phase of our journey together!

best wishes and love,

Maria

Thanks a lot Maria (and its good to read you too!!) :-)

I really felt blessed after all this little "miracles" that gave me the opportunity to publish Theary's story in Corresponsal de Paz, that's why i thought that it was almost an obligation to share the steps of this miracle with all of you.

And also the post gave me the opportunity to say: if you feel alone: remember that, not you are not alone; if you feel tired: rest a little and continue; if things are not happening in the way you are hoping for: try other solution

Life is giving us lessons in every moment, but sometimes, we can really "read" clear one of them... and those lessons are not only for your own experience, but to share your conclusion to other, to help them (maybe) to find their own "lessons and miracles"

I am glad to hear that I inspired you ... but ... remember ... to feel inspired for something, you have to be open, so, congratulations to you too !! YOU ARE OPEN TO RECEIVE POSITIVE THINGS, and that's great, dont you think so?!?

Love. Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

Corine Milano's picture

Xthina, wow! How wonderful

Xthina, wow! How wonderful that you were able to get in touch with Theary, and I'm so sorry that I didn't come to you sooner to help you get in contact with our writer. It is truly amazing that you have connected and translated her piece. Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing this exciting bit of news.

xo,
Corine

Xthina-Avila's picture

My total pleasure!!

Hi Corine!!

Dont worry ... sometimes, difficulties help us to find other ways to get what we are looking for, isnt ;-)

And thanks to that, I had the opportunity to talk directly with Theary by phone, and we had a wonderful and special connection, so ... things happen always in the right way, dont you think so?!

Anyway, now you and me are also connected ... which is also wonderful, for next collaborations!! (because I am sure that this is only the beggining ;-)

Love ! Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

JaniceW's picture

So happy for you

Cristina, this is wonderful news and I am so glad that you were able to speak with Theary. I can't wait to hear more about this fruitful connection. Best wishes...

Xthina-Avila's picture

Thanks Janice!

Yes it was fantastic to talk with Theary. I already sent her the link to the spanish text.

And now that I have a volunteer translator, I can offer to other member of Pulse Wire to collaborate actively with Corresponsal de Paz .... wonderful news, isnt !?

Only few days ago I was wondering how I could solve this problem after I offered the opportunity to write to us, and now, you see .... its done!! Paulina is a sweet and professional girl from Uruguay, and she is open to do this translations for free

Miracles of this life, isnt ?! I will keep you informed about our next steps ;-) We are now starting to walk together

Love. Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

JaniceW's picture

Wonderful news

Cristina, please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. You might also like to connect with Dr. Sophia, who heads both Peace of the World International at http://www.peaceoftheworld.org and the African American Women's Leadership Congress at http://www.aawlc.org. I think she would be a great person to collaborate with for Corresponsal de Paz.
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/2134

p.s. when responding to a comment, it is best to hit the word "reply" at the bottom of their comment box as that way, they are notified by email when you post a reply. Best wishes....

Xthina-Avila's picture

Dr. Sophia

Hi my dearest Janice!

I wrote a post in Dr. Sophia's profile asking her for an interview ... but i hadn't any answer yet ... I went to her website as well, and I wrote an e-mail to the general "info" in box ...

If you have any advise to find her directly, I will be eternally grateful with you (more than now :-) indeed.

Take care and keep in touch please. Love Xthina

PD. You see ?!?! Now I am "replying" directly to you :-) sorry for the last times !! it was my fault !

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

JaniceW's picture

Dr. Sophia

Cristina, I am not sure what other path there is to contact her but I will also let her know that you are trying to reach her. Whenever you post a response, she receives an email notifying her of your comment. Perhaps she does not check her email very often which is sometimes the case for those without direct internet access. Let's hope she responds but I will keep my eyes open for anyone else you might be interested in. Best wishes,
Janice

LauraB's picture

Powerful story

Christina,

I am drawn to your personal story of becoming a peace journalist and your descriptions of understanding the problems in the world because you are seeking solutions. You've reminded me this morning, that the things going right are in front of
us- and that those are starting points. You connected with Theary Seng's story, sought her out, and look what happened.
I wish you great success in your journey as a peace correspondent...I will be reading.

Warm wishes,

Laura

Xthina-Avila's picture

Thanks!!

Thanks so much for your comments Laura ... we are doing our best, and actually, we are (slowly) working in an english development of Corresponsal de Paz, to have an entire version in this universal language... hope to give you good news in some point of this year (I am crossing my fingers and working hard)

Keep in touch!! Love. Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

I just love this story!

I can only imagine the feeling of exhilaration you had when you hung up with Theary. That amazing feeling that comes from connecting to another human so unexpectedly yet wholeheartedly.

Have you received many responses from your community on the article? What a service you are providing to the world. Thank you!

Love,
Jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Xthina-Avila's picture

It was magic !!

Hi Jenn!! wow!! you look younger in your new picture :-)

It was simply fantastic to talk personally with Theary, we "match" immediately, she has a peaceful voice and I was enchanted!

Unfortunately Corresponsal de Paz only have "comments tool" for news, and not yet for the big stories :-( we still working to improve our platform, but actually the day that I published Theary's text, we had a record of readers.

And you know what?! Now I have a volunteer translator who is helping me with english text (a wonderful girl from Uruguay) so now we could start to talk more seriously about my proposal to have more Pulse Wire voices in Peace Correspondent website.

In addition, and taking the chance of this answer to your comment, I would love to ask you for the opportunity to write you a personal e-mail, because now I am wondering so much things about how I could find some finantial support for Peace Correspondent (my savings are pathetically dying) and I do not have so much idea or experience in this field.

As far I saw all the parterns that you have, I was wondering if I could ask you for some advices that you can gave me.

Thanks a lot again and let's keep in touch to talk about our future exchange of "peaceful voices".

Love. Xthina " )

Cristina Avila-Zesatti - Journaliste&Productrice
Main Editor: www.corresponsaldepaz.org

"Un milagro no es la suspensión de una ley natural, sino la implementación de una ley superior"

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

Join Sole Sistas

Cristina,

Hi! I just sent you an email, but also wanted to respond here.

That's wonderful news about record readers AND finding a translator! A few of us started a group called Sole Sistas, so members could exchange information about funding resources, etc. We would love for you to join us.

http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/7436

Besos,
Jennifer

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Xthina Thanks for the

Dear Xthina

Thanks for the kind words.I would love your help. And believe me I know how it feels.

Love
Nusrat

Nusrat

JaniceW's picture

Connections

Cristina, I thought you might be interested in a new member who joined PulseWire. Terri is a trainer with Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization dedicated to training and exposing citizens to non-violent conflict resolution. She has provided links to her personal website, blog and organizational website in her profile which can be found at:
http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2263

Also, you might like to connect with Macaria Barai, a peacebuilder and mediator from Guinea-Bissau with a very impressive resume. She might be a great person to interview for Corresponsal de Paz. You can find her at:
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/user/2000

I hope you are doing well and I look forward to hearing from you again soon. Best wishes,
Janice

Tanya's picture

Xthina, Been meaning to reply

Xthina,

Been meaning to reply to this post of your's for such a long time. Finally, got around to replying and posting! :)
Firstly, wonderful story. Makes one feel so good and is highly encouraging. I wish you the very best in all your endeavours and InshaAllah with the way things seem to be going for you, it looks like the dots are connecting...slowly yet steadily.

Also, thankyou so much for your advice with regards to the website. I received a response from them awhile back. However, I still need to get back to them..still sorting out a lot of stuff in mind. Hopefully, I should be able to soon. As far as Pakistan goes...yes troubled yet interesting times. There is a new awakening within the youth. I see so many becoming socially and politically active as well as translating that into concrete action. While, I havent stayed much within the country, Im sure the people of Pakistan will get through this time as well and emerge stronger because of a newfound determination to right the wrongs.

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