The Journey Continues
This vision began a long time ago, but I will start in 2007 when I began a job at a nonprofit called the Academy for the Love of Learning. It called to me for its name and the values it represented. I began my work and started to sink my teeth into the world of transformational learning. It took me some time to grasp the work but eventually I came to understand that it is through experience that we begin to change. It is not other people telling us what to do or what to think or how to act--it is through different experiences in our lives that we learn.
About two months into the job, I began to work on a friend’s project I became passionate about. The project was called El Otro Lado (the Other Side) and the subject matter we focused on was the journey we had taken in our lives. One of the ways we began to work with folks was through a group that worked with homeless families, mostly immigrants. We began a group made up of mothers and children. Each week we met and shared our experience through journaling, painting and telling our story. We would meet, set up activities for the kids and begin to share our “journey story”. The stories I heard were sad and poignant, beautiful and treacherous: stories of walking though the desert alone, being without food or water, being required to leave your child at the border, perhaps never to see her again. My heart was filled with compassion, empathy and love.
Through the support of my organization we were able to get these stories out into large venues and turn each of the women's journals into visual arts installations. These stories have been told and retold; recorded, listened to and connected to.
This is not the experience of most women around the globe. This leads me to my connection to the medium of social media and World Pulse. For the first time in many years I am writing (outside of my journal) and I am connecting to other voices and to other people. My journey becomes part of a larger whole connecting me to the web of women all over the globe.
I recently completed a leadership training called Leading by Being. In this course I have learned what I believe my calling in the world is. As one of my colleagues recently helped me see: I am the spiderwoman; the one who makes webs of connections. I applied for this group to expand my learning of how to become a voice for myself and other people: whether it is in my hometown or in another country where I hope to move, I am looking to World Pulse to deepen this journey and take my knowledge of social media and empowerment to another level; not only for myself and my family but the women in the world I meet on the path.