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GEMS IN THE BOUNDLESS OCEAN

I have a dream, a grand dream for this world. I dream of one day seeing people united, with no biases and prejudices. I dream that there is no overwhelming gap between the rich and the poor. I dream that everyone has the chance to be educated and the privilege to enjoy life. I dream of a clean air and water, a sustainable development. I dream that one day, men and women would be like wings of a bird, one acknowledging the other’s strength in order to soar high. I dream that mothers and children are healthy, that AIDs/HIV would be a thing of the past. I dream that world leaders would adhere to God’s laws to rule this world.

Since I could remember, I am always different in the way I look at things, at life, at the whole world. My siblings often tease me that I am not their sister, because I act differently from what they do. When I started going to school, I have excelled academically, but early on, I surprised my parents and my teachers why I am not that attached to academic honors. Of course, I always go for excellence, but I believe in the principle of competing with one’s self, and not with others. This way, the strive for excellence is never-ending, healthy.

Several times, I had to be reprimanded by the nuns (I spent my high school and college in an exclusive school for girls, as working student) because I often defied policies which I felt was blind following. I don’t do things simply because most people are doing them.

I could not afford to be blind and deaf when I see someone is unfairly treated. I fight for others even if I know I would bear the brunt of people who are in position, in power, in authority.

I plan on retiring early from my regular job as Public Information Officer and work as a freelance journalist and broadcaster so that I would have more time for things I love doing, things that matter most to me. I feel that time is running out—I should do it now, lest, I will regret I have not done my best in fulfilling my mission.

Slowly, I am doing what I believe contribute to the fulfillment of my dream for this world. I have my Sunday Children Classes, my youth group, and I have started inspiring abused women to get out from their shell. My radio programs continue to attract listeners and I have facilitated giving livelihood opportunities to women’s groups. My blogs, my feature stories, my newspaper column are my other venue to reach out to people, to inform and inspire them.

I acknowledge, though, that I still have so much to learn. I want to be better equipped, not only in terms of knowledge but also in skills, for me to be able reach a higher level of service to mankind.

WorldPulse has introduced me to stories of women who share my vision, stories that leave me more inspired. I see the diverse talents and skills which can be tapped to complement each other’s activities and projects. I have a support system--my ‘sisters’, who I believe are just there, waiting to be approached when I need them most, in the pursuit of my dreams.

God has gifted me with skills in writing, in broadcasting, in teaching. These gifts have reasons, have a greater purpose. I have them because God knows I use them for greater good.

I don’t want to merely exist in this world; I want my existence to have greater meaning. I don’t want to be a mere spectator in what’s happening in the world; I want to play a significant role and leave an impact that would change this world to become “heaven on earth.” I hope WorldPulse will pave the way for me to be of more service to mankind.

There is so much to share, so much to offer. In WorldPulse, I see gems in the boundless ocean. Together, we hold hands as we surge for the fulfillment of our dreams for this world. #

Comments

Tina's picture

Boundless gems

What a lovely image you greet me with this afternoon, of gems in a boundless ocean. I see here how you have been using your life to inspire and motivate your community and through world pulse are now inspiring and lifting up others on the world stage also. Good luck with your application, and regardless of the outcome, I hope you continue to use Pulsewire as you have been doing. Locally, Nationally, Globally you are already using your voice in service to mankind just as you hoped and dreamed you would do.
Tina

Eurekafilipina's picture

Boundless Gems

Dear Tina,

greetings from the Philippines!!!

thank you, for taking the time to jot me a note... it made my morning! :-)

knowing what you are doing from your end steers something in my system,,, an idea just sparked! it's time i extend my reach to the mothers of my Sunday Class pupils... just like what you are doing, Tina. I hope you won't mind if one of these days, I will be communicating with you requesting for some ideas or two, tips perhaps, on how you effectively carry your passion in your community. it's very inspiring...

again, thanks, Tina for the comment... i love it!

take care,

Tess

Eureka!!!

lolatsai's picture

Beautiful

Hi Tess,

Thank you for this beautiful post! I was in Manila in 2007 and did an empowerment workshop for 52 disadvantaged girls. I loved the experience and loved the Philippines. I could hear your voice through these words. Keep up the wonderful work! :)

Love, Lola

Love & blessings,
Lola

www.oneglowinglife.com

Eurekafilipina's picture

Beautiful

Dear Lola,

thank you, for your note... :-)

that's so nice... that you were able to drift to my country, Philippines. When is your trip here? please let me know... i want to meet with you, too.

i admire you for your passion, for what you are doing. maybe one of these days you can extend same service to the girls in my community.

take care,

Tess

Eureka!!!

lolatsai's picture

Philippines

Hi Tess,

I definitely want to go back one day and do more girls empowerment work there! So we'll definitely stay connected through World Pulse! :)

Love & blessings to you,
Lola

Love & blessings,
Lola

www.oneglowinglife.com

Eurekafilipina's picture

Philippines

Dear Lola,

you know, this early, I can already our strong connection... and I hope we could indeed advance that connection to the next level.

I have submitted a proposal to UNDP geared towards empowerment of girls and women. I would love for you to be one of our trainors, if it's okay with you.

of course, you are always welcome to visit here...i would gladly be your host...

take care,

Tess

Eureka!!!

lolatsai's picture

Tuloy

Hi Tess,

How exciting! Tell me more about this proposal and please do keep me updated!

Here's the website to the school I went to when I did the empowerment workshop with girls outside of Manila:
http://www.tuloyfoundation.org/

My friend and I had emailed the school and just asked if we could do an empowerment workshop with the girls :)

Congratulations on finishing the 4 weeks of VOF assignments!

love, Lola

Love & blessings,
Lola

www.oneglowinglife.com

Eurekafilipina's picture

Tuloy

Dear Lola,

our connection is becoming stronger... and like you, i look forward to that time when we would finally meet in person. i know i have so much to learn from you. i am more inspired than ever...

you know, the past days, i have this nagging thought of how I would be able to concretized the other projects that i wish to venture into and i can see that God is sending me more people to guide me where I want to go. you are one of those people, lola, and i thank you for that.

i hope Tuloy Foundation would give you another service to conduct the empowerment workshop for the girls... I would love to observe how you do it so I could also plan on duplicating the same activity where I am now, with you as our resource person, of course!

thanks, for the inspiration, lola. i am crossing my fingers that somehow i would be taken in as one of those who would be given the opportunity to be one of the 2010 VOF. i can see, however, that it's a stiff competition.

and whatever the outcome, i continue doing my passions in life... :-)

take care, lola...

love,

Tess

Eureka!!!

tallybery's picture

Dear Eureka, I am here as

Dear Eureka, I am here as part of the listener group to congratulate you on this last assignment. Your text had shown us a very positive vision, however the assignment have a limit of 700 characters and your text was over that. In order to respect this limit, it is important to keep the objectiveness - it can be a good idea to give a paragraph to each assignment point. I also missed the point where you were supose to tell us how being a world pulse correspondant is going to help you collaborate to applying your vision for the future into your community. It is important to keep our faith but always respecting eveyones right to have different belives as well, that is why it is tricky to say that "(...)world leaders would adhere to God’s laws to rule this world". The concept of God and Thy Laws can change from belief to belief, this can not be understood as being Universal. That gives a precedent to applying intolerant mesures and history had shown us that it is a dangerous path to follow. I am glad to know that world pulse has inspired you so much, here you can share your point of view with women for all over the world, with a variety of different beliefs. I wish you all the best with everything :-)

Eurekafilipina's picture

Thanks!

Dear Larissa,

thank you, for your comment... i take note of your points. I am sure, however, that I tried to observe the word-limit to my last assignment. my laptop has the word-count feature. If you think i got wayward in that area, I am sorry... it was not my intention...

well, about my statement, "world leaders would adhere to God's laws to rule this world..." what I am pointing out is that, there is only One God; we just call Him by different names -- God, Allah, Jehovah, etc... and the more reason we should respect each other, no matter what the religion of one is....

i am presently involved in various service-oriented programs and projects -- for the children, for the mothers-- and my work as broadcaster and journalist reaches out to people of various standing. My exposure with World Pulse would be of great help in expanding my activities to help people in the community as I would be able to learn from the others here, can network with the other members....and apply what I think is relevant to my own community.

anyway, again, thanks for your note...

Eureka!!!

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