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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of cha

I was once a consulting psychologist in a medium sized South African organisation. I had been an intern in the organisation and towards the end of my internship; I was invited to stay on as a permanent member of staff. Whilst I worked through various projects with a team of three women from very diverse cultures and generations, I found myself becoming more and more bored with the work I was doing and more and more frustrated with the notion that I and ultimately ‘we’, had ‘no voice’ or room to speak our minds. Seven months into my new appointment, something snapped inside me and at what I thought was demotivation and discontent, turned out to be a sudden zeal to ‘get out there’ and make my mark. So I applied for a teaching job at one of South Africa’s leading research universities and at the beginning of 2009, I found myself leaving home at 4am, with a car packed full of all my possessions and drove 1000km away from home to begin my new life. I had never lived away from home before this and I was excited at the prospect of being more independent. Whilst I have settled into my new teaching job and am currently writing up a proposal to pursue a PhD- something was still missing from my life. I’ve always had an interest in women studies, but have never had an opportunity to engage with my interest-not because I didn’t want to, but because I was comfortable going about my daily business . . . keeping to my comfort zone.
Approximately six weeks ago, I found myself searching the internet for ways to contribute to not only the South African society (which is tainted with a scandalous history of apartheid), but to society in general. I was looking for an opportunity to speak for others, through community engagement. I found the World Pulse website and the ‘Voices of our Future Programme’ and I was excited! Excited at the prospect of connecting with people who are also out of their comfort zones, interacting with people whose languages I don’t speak, and whose cultures I am unfamiliar with. What better way for me to enthuse others about my country as well as the world than to do it right here! And so I look on my personal vision (the quote by Martin Luther King, Jnr) and I know that I have finally come full circle.

Comments's picture

Is wonderfull that you

Is wonderfull that you committed ti your feelings and intuition, it led you here! and you are very good where you are! keep listening to yourself, you already know what you have to do!

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Hi BerniceK Great post. It

Hi BerniceK

Great post. It was interesting to hear your motivations for joining the Pulse Wire revolution! It sounds like you make a pretty courageous decision, when you decided to change your career. I hope that you continue to pursue the life course that seems right for you.

I have one small piece of advice for your post.
I would suggest, perhaps to make the title shorter and snappier, so it is quicker to gather attention. It is a great sentence, and it is a shame to not have it shown fully in the title.

Keep writing, and sharing.


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Moving Beyond the Comfort Zone

Hello Bernie,

I am excited to see more of your background here in week 2. You are an inspirational and intriguing woman.
I admire that you are following your calling to where it leads. It is evident that you will travel far.
I feel this program is such a great platform for so many to move out of the comfort zone, and in so doing, so much is possible!

Keep it up!

In Admiration,


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