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Hand in Hand, We Journey Together

I remember clearly a journal entry that I made in my early twenties when the power that is held in my hands became apparently clear. Suddenly, I realized that whenever I used my hands for someone else’s betterment or to create a special gift for someone, my life ran incredibly smoother.
It was like a key that opened a whole new world to me of becoming other-centred and what power is held in giving part of myself for the benefit of others. The strength of that awareness came at an opportune time to battle my own self-doubt and anxiety that I was facing during those years of discovery.

As the years have passed, a new vision has come into being around the idea of what power and strength our hands can contain. As we began on this venture of breathing life into MotherKind and In Her Hands, hands have been a central theme to what we are doing and what we know changes the lives of the women and girls that we are so privileged to meet and work with.
Our very first event for MotherKind was called “Hand in Hand, We Journey Together”. The vision came so early in what we were beginning to create- the vision of women from around the world joining us as we walk forward with our hands extended, ready to greet them and walk hand in hand forward- going together. We see hands of all shapes, sizes, colours, rough, old, new, weathered….
We know that we are such a small part of what we have helped to birth, that it has its own life. We know that the hands that are really making the difference are the hands of the women sitting in the village of Lunga Lunga, Kenya making necklaces, weaving baskets & writing letters to their Rafikis in other lands, women in India that are putting hot wax on cotton to make the beautiful batik bed covers we sell, the women picking coffee beans in South America for Café Femenino and the hands of our dear Patricia who is rolling paper bead by paper bead to live her dream of finishing school. These are the hands that are doing the work, and these are the hands that have come forward out of the vision walking boldly forward, hands outstretched walking into a brighter, more hopeful future for us, for them, for our daughters and the future that is yet to come.

(* check out CARE's short video clip called "Natural Resources", a small glimpse of what we see...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE8sR6l1S6A&feature=channel

Comments

The essay is strong and we women should get stronger and move foward every day.

ketwangi orphanage and learning center Kisumu Kenya

Darcey's picture

we are only as strong

we can only get stronger as more join us and take steps forward!
thank you for your comment- I really appreciate that you took the time to read my post. I am looking forward to having a cup of tea at some point and reading through the other contributions :)
blessings,
Darcey

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Fawzia's picture

Our world

You could give a picture of holding hands from all around the world in which I could feel strong while reading it, we can meet in spite of all struggles... I am proud of the way you help holding women hands for now and the future. good luck for you Darcey!

Ammoura, Fawzia

Darcey's picture

thank you

Hello Fawzia

thank you for taking the time to read my post and make a comment. I am so thankful for this site, being able to see others from around the world who share this vision, and how we are able to connect. What a gift World Pulse is to have the strength of others who are in the same mind, even if we are all thousands of miles apart from each other.

blessings,
Darcey

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

JaniceW's picture

So inspiring

"We will surely get to our destination if we join hands."
Aung San Suu Kyi

Darcey,
It is so wonderful to read this update from you and to know that your connections with Project Africa etc.. continue to flourish. Your work is a great example of hands crossing the oceans to create the world we all wish to live in. As the video states, "[a] woman has the power to change her world. We have the power to help her do it."

Thank you for being instrumental in transforming so many lives and for the light of hope you offer so many women. It is an honour to have you as a member of our community. Best wishes,
Janice

Darcey's picture

Thank you!

Hi Janice-

so good to hear from you....when I am so busy with the little things of life, and then hear from my PulseWire friends, I realize how much I miss being a part of the community and keeping in touch with so many amazing women I have met through the site. We didn't have internet at home for a few weeks, so it was difficult to keep in touch. I got goosebumps reading your comment because it was so good to see your name in my in-box!!
I am now 34 weeks pregnant, and trying to remember to take a break during the day from my huge to-do list while entertaining a 3year old after our 6 year old gets on the school bus! Life is full to say the least, but fulfilling.
I hope that you are very well. I am so grateful to be a part of this community, and I am looking forward to the chance to have a few moments to do some writing in my journal- lots of interesting opportunities arising for MotherKind and a few comments about our Prime Minister's idea to make infant and maternal mortality a major issue of the upcoming meetings in Toronto...

Have a wonderful day!
Darcey

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Nusrat Ara's picture

A hand that helps is holier

A hand that helps is holier than the lips that pray.

Nusrat

Darcey's picture

beautiful

Hello Nusrat!

That is beautiful- so simple, and so beautiful.

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Kim Crane's picture

oooh I like that

Where is that from?

Nusrat Ara's picture

I dunno. My grandmother

I dunno. My grandmother taught all the kids in my childhood many wise sayings and this was one of them.

Nusrat

jadefrank's picture

grandmother

Your grandmother was a wise woman... this is a beautiful saying and an important reminder.

ikirimat's picture

Youre right

I love this. Indeed it is so. keep up the good work.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Kim Crane's picture

A beautiful vision

I love the image of all these different hands working to make a better world- including yours! your hands are indeed powerful. Thank you for using them to write and to share your inspiring vision.

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