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A SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE

My life changed when I became a mother while still in school. I grew up in upcountry as a normal shy girl and I was always a number one student. My parents had high hopes in my studies and my having a baby at a such a time was a big let down for them. I think it was the grace of God that they managed to take me back to school; life was never the same again for them,especially my mother and also for me. I became weak in school my concentration was so much affected despite the fact that I was in a boarding.
Years later I faced rejection both at home and from friends and relatives and even the father of my two sons.it was not an easy road,I remember being sent away from home by my father.No one, including my mother was allowed to come and see me or help me,and when I finally got a job, I could not brag about it because i was not fully independent like my culture would want me to be.
Many times I asked God why I had to go through so much in my life.It pained me to see my mother depressed because of me.And two years ago I realized that God brings hundreds of tiny steps together to pull you through, challenges are always there for us,so that we can get an opportunity to give someone an open ear,no one gave me an open ear,instead i got a lot of critism I have been alone and most of the time i have always found it difficult to open up. The experience of powerlessness created in me a new direction, Last year when my colleagues were busy going back to college as demanded by the management; I decide that I would want to do something totally different from what i do at my place of work,i desired to take studies related to the community development and social work, I need skills to empower, discuss and exchange best practices for advancing my own empowerment, improving the situations I find myself in and to enabling me to be active agents for empowerment
It’s a desire that has not taken off due to unavoidable reason, but then I thought why not try the internet. The internet has sped the flow of information in real time. One can acquire skills and capabilities and have access to new technologies to empower themselves and contribute to their society i then started searching for online scholarship. The search led me to World Pulse and this is why iam here,as a candidate for Web2.0.Its my desire to be mentored and become a voice for others who are hurting.My passion for change is real and i believe that i will be of benefit to my community ,where my own mother never stops to remind me about how my future woulld have been brighter.

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Valerie from Oregon's picture

Your World Pulse Journey

Hello Millly!
I'm one of the listeners for your Week Two assignment and reading how your life experiences led you to World Pulse was very moving. The determination you have shown in the face of adversity is incredible. It took a lot of courage for you to “open up” and share your story. I’m really impressed that you are standing up against “the experience of powerlessness” and trying to “become a voice for others who are hurting.” Your writing reflects your “passion for change” and ability to share your positive vision for the future. You are a very strong woman…keep believing in yourself!
Your friend,
Valerie

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Hi

Dear Valerie,
Thanks for your comments and for your time.i really value your comments and its encouraging when someone reads your story.
All the best
Millly

Lisa T's picture

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Millly,
I enjoyed reading your journal entry. Thank you for sharing such a personal story. I think you do a good job of telling your story and transitioning into how you found WorldPulse and why you are applying to Voices of Our Future. I think you can add even more things about your personal journey, for example, why was it that years later you faced rejection by your family and friends? That was one thing I was left wondering about. Also, I think you can add a little more about how you chose to take up the studies of community development and social work. I think your personal vision is clear at the end of your entry. The only other questions I have are specifically, how are you helping others in your community and what specific issues are you most interested in?

I look forward to reading more of your entries!
Sincerely,
Lisa

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COMMENT

Dea Lisa,
Thanks for reading my story and i really appreciate your comments.I will add more on my personal journey and why i chose to study community dev..
All the best
Millly

One of Many's picture

the universe does provide

Dear Milly:
As you explain in your story, the universe does provide all the steps we need to pull us through. I am impressed with your ongoing determination to rise up in power: into motherhood, return to school, employment, and now even the courage to choose your own specific educational direction.

There are several strong points that stand out for me as one of your listeners.

First, you say, “the experience of powerlessness created in me a new direction.” To me that is so great, how your interaction with powerlessness seems to have led you to develop your power: from awareness of a seeming place of no options, of “powerlessness,” you made a decision to choose a new path – even one that takes courage, vision, and patience.

I wonder if there could be a link between the “unavoidable reason” for your desire not immediately taking off, to one more of the universe’s “infinite little steps” by which our paths unfold? Maybe that uncontrollable “circumstance” in the pulse of the world derailed your original plan – and gave you time for World Pulse?

What about how the challenges, that seemed so unfair at the time, shaped you and strengthened you into a woman with a life of far greater depth and richness than anything that shy, top of her class student might have ever been able to achieve had she not veered from others’ plans?

Exactly what is it that you want to provide that other girls and women need? Is there something you love most and best you can do or share?

Thanks for opening your heart in such clarity, Milly. You go, woman! Please know that the delay in hearing from me (a listener) was from an unexpected medical need on my part – nothing to do with you. Thank you for your patience,

Anna

Speaking my Peace

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Thanks

Dear Anna
Thank you for commenting on my story,i really appreciate your kind words,i like the way you have rephrased the unavoidable reasons as a path to World Pulse.What i want to provide is to use my life as an example of patience and courage,i would if i can assist girls who have dropped out of school.Its my desire to help start an income generating project to help single mothers.I know many of them and i know how life feels for them.Thank you and God bless
Millly

One of Many's picture

your project

Hi, Millly:

it will be good to share about your vision -- sounds valuable, and I bet many would support it.

it was very hard for me raising two boys without a dad in the home and the dad being a very bad example. it's ridiculous society doesn't offer more support in industrialized nations. i believe that in some more tribal cultures, there is so much more community support.

best wishes--

Anna

Speaking my Peace

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Hi

Thanks once again for your reply.I forgot to mention about your unexpected medical need,whatever it was,i wish you Gods intervention.God bless
Millly

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