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Pieces of Me

I stared at the shattered pieces of my soul that lay on the floor at my feet. Who am I now? I thought. He stole me from me and now I am no longer. What was left of me crumbled to pieces and was thrown out with the trash that night.

The next morning, to my surprise, there were a few fragments left that seemed to be calling to me. Here you are! You’re still here! Don’t forget about me! I turned my back and walked away.

But something wouldn’t let me. Without consciously wanting to, my voice emerged and refused to be silenced. So I spoke, and I was heard! And my voice, along with the voices of others inspired the fight in me and for a moment, I stood tall. Thank you World Pulse (see week 2’s post).

The greatest challenge I have in my community is getting people to speak up. I too could barely speak after the atrocities of last week. But I spoke anyway, and today I feel a million times stronger. Now more than ever I know the power of our voices, a million voices strong.

When a woman is abused, psychologically, physically, emotionally and/or spiritually, it is hard to find the strength to speak up. When a child is suicidal, and there is no one around them that they trust to bare their soul to, where do they turn? When First Nations have had their lands stolen, and their spirits broken, but society twists these stories to make them seem like drunks who got what they deserve, World Pulse offers a platform to the truth.

Today in class we discussed the representations of Africa in the media and passions were ignited. It was hard to get a chance to speak because of how many people had something to say. Finally, at the end of the class I couldn’t take it any longer: “Wait! I HAVE to interrupt. If you want real stories, from real people, that will give you an image of the world unlike anywhere in the media, then I know where to go!” And of course, I told them about World Pulse.

I’m still shaken from last week. I am questioning who I am and what I’m really about, but there is one thing that has become so very clear. We must speak up. It’s the only way to heal. We must join hands and declare “We will never be silenced again! We will band together and heal our world and you cannot stop us! We will stand strong and firm until justice prevails and we won’t stop until everyone’s voice is heard!” That is the power of the pulse. Our greatest challenge is also our greatest victory.

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Emie Zozobrado's picture

Hi!

Hey laughterlove! Your story is so sad I couldn't find love or anything to laugh about ... but you are right, despite the shattered pieces of your life ... you still have your voice! There is one poem dedicated to a battered wife which I could never ever forget. The title is "He gave me flowers today" ... It narrates on how the wife was brutally beaten until death ... and I froze at the last line "He gave me flowers today, for the first time. It's my funeral." Real sad!!!! We don't have to suffer and die silently! We will speak for ourselves ... we will speak for the rest ... we will speak for each other ...we will speak!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

laughterlove's picture

I will read that. Thanks for

I will read that. Thanks for sharing

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

Darcey's picture

you are found

hey my sister
so glad to read your posts here. would you have written here if this had not happened?
I am sitting at the computer with tears streaming down my face. for a few reaons. the reality of what has happened, and not being in touch for a few days...so worried about you while I was away.

I am sorry this had to happen, but in my faith, god things evolve out of what others can intend for evil. I fully believe that and fully believe that you are able to use trhis experience to gain strength for you & other women. after this and being at the conference, there is so much fire to go forward with....

sending much love,
D

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

laughterlove's picture

Hey Darcey I was writing

Hey Darcey
I was writing before it happened, but it's definitely helped since.
I signed up for Voices of Our Future and the assignment to tell my story came at the exact time this happened. On the very same day I had to stand in front of my class and tell My Story. At first I thought I didn't have a story anymore...because I do not feel the same. But I suppose my story in a work in progress.
Talk to you soon
Val

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

abella's picture

Great writting skills!

Hi Laughterlove(I love the name),

You are such a great writter, i like your style...it takes me to your emotions outmosphere and feel what you are feeling, such a great story to share.

Keep walking, you have just begun.

Blessings.

I am because we are :-)

laughterlove's picture

Thank you abella :)

Thank you abella :)

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

jap21's picture

Hi Laughterlove

I am here for you. If there is anything you want to talk about, or need a shoulder to cry on, I am here for you.

Please take some time to talk to me when you feel like it. I share your love of life and the search for a better world.

I love your writing and wish you find better friends, better people around you. Remember that evil exists, but if God fights your battles, you will always win. Raise your voice loud and clear. We are listening.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

laughterlove's picture

Hi Jackie, Thank you so much

Hi Jackie,
Thank you so much for you words of support. It is from reading your entries from last year that I was inspired to write from the deepest part of me. The way you throw your emotions into your writing is amazing. Thank you for your example.
Valerie

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

Lisa T's picture

Comments

laughterlove,

I enjoyed reading your post and was moved by your Week 2 post. I think it's wonderful that you are able to use PulseWire to speak out and share you stories. I was left wanting to know more about the specific issues you see challenging to speak out about in your community. I was also wondering, why do you think it is so difficult for others in your community to speak out? What other solutions do you see available to overcoming this challenge?

You have an inspiring voice in your writing and I look forward to reading more of you posts! Thank you for sharing.

Sincerely,
Lisa

laughterlove's picture

Hi Lisa, It's hard to narrow

Hi Lisa,
It's hard to narrow it down to one specific issue, or even a few issues that people find challenging to speak out about. A dear friend has an abusive ex who is putting her children in danger, but she is doubting herself and afraid to speak out and be wrong. Another friend suffers silently from depression and suicidal thoughts, but is too afraid to get help. A child next door has a mother who is addicted to drugs but if she goes to the authorities, her and her siblings may be split up. Fear rules the lives of so many women, and we all must somehow find the courage to use our voice, and find a safe way of doing so. One of the things my partner and I do is bring women together from all different backgrounds to share their stories together. We had a woman from the Congo speak at one of our events. It was her first time speaking out publicly about some of the experiences she's had. She inspired the whole room and made connections she never would have otherwise.
If I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would be self worth. We need to build the self worth of women and children, so when things happen, they feel worthy of their own voice. Creating groups where children work together to make a difference for others, and working with women to find their unique talents and discover ways to earn their living doing what they love are great starting places. When women have economic power, they are less likely to be manipulated by the men in their life.
Thanks for your kind words!
Valerie

For all of life is like that race with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
“Quit! Give up! You’re beaten!” They still shout in my face. But another voice within me says “GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!” DH Groberg

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