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Mercy, Magic, and Miracles

After spending the first scene of my childhood life with family under the gloomy sky of Kabul in the Cold War 1995, the father took us to Pakistan for securing our lives. Those years of nostalgia toward home, land, and people took us harder and longer but breathing and safer. We devoted ten springs of our long lives’ seasons under the warm wind and with the cold whispers of winter in Pakistan. After 9/11, when Afghanistan wrote its twenty first’s mysterious history under name of ‘War against Terror,’ Afghan refugees tied their hopes back to their mountainous villages, cities, and roads. We were also one of those families; we were back to our real home. From now on, even the little and tiny dust of every evening was dazzling for its familiarity to our blood and bones. We reached to our real destination, Afghanistan.
The life’s journey never stopped, it brings journeys after every journey.
In 2009, I left Kabul for sheltering my education, dignity, and identity as a woman. A journey toward AUW, a place of Asia, university, woman, this time I traveled alone.
I gradually realized that still I was a traveler in every minute of my life, while reading novels, poems, and plays. I was not only alone or with family but with the world. I traveled back toward all the previous adventurous and dangerous journeys of my life by my writings. I painted all the journeys on the blue ocean’s paper, and the wind guided it toward the world’s people. And those fed-up journeys made my voice the World’s Pulse. Step by step, I wrote my every sad and merciful memories of life. I sank all the unpleasant moments of life under the delightful and joyful river of writing, and I realized that those memories were not miserable anymore. Journeys became delightful by my words.
My every fellow and other audiences from the world traveled with me into those memories by reading my words on World Pulse. And now that I have understood the meaning of sharing and listening to other people’s stories about their lives’ journeys. I want to bring Afghan women’s stories for the world viewers. Most of Afghan women do not have way of connecting to the world and the World Pulse for telling their upset and painful lives’ agony. Thus, I applied for Voices of our Future for taking a step toward my responsibilities, serving Afghan mothers and sister and those who need it to build their lives. Once a great woman leader said that, “opportunities come with responsibilities.” I believe it, I got chance to walk outside the Afghanistan’s borders, to join World Pulse, and to apply for the Voices of Our Future for learning about empowerment of women through Web 2.0. We can change our lives with mercy of our experiences, magic of our thoughts, and the miracles nearby our eyes. As World Pulse has started my story by publishing my life story.

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YAOtieno's picture

loving your journey

Dear Parwana,

Thanks for sharing - i really felt like i was travelling with you. indeed - "Journeys became delightful by my words".

Y.

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your words, words are always beautiful when we use them nicely. The world's secret is words, so lets reveal this secret to the people of the world. We are traveling by words.
Thanks,
Bests,
Parwana

MaDube's picture

Awww, such a beautiful story

Dear Parwana,

I am so glad that in sharing your stories you found peace in your heart and the pain and misery of your journeys turned into an adventure. Keep sharing your beautiful words that we may know the tales of living in Afghanistan in a time of war and the walk away from home into a new adventure all alone. You have a very strong personality. Keep the good spirits up.

Best,
MaDube

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your inspiring words, thus I am writing and finding my strength through my words and writings, because I have word supporters like you and others on World Pulse. Thanks, Bests, Parwana

WendyBoneAbroad's picture

Thank you

Dear Parwana,

Thank you kindly for sharing your story. I see and read so much about war and terror in Afghanistan from a male point of view, I would like very much to learn more from you and the women of your country.

Peace,
Wendy

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

I want to write Afghanistan's history from women's point of views. I would love to share women's status in Afghanistan's wars and current situation. Thanks, for your encouraging words. Bests, Parwana

Hummingbird's picture

stay strong

Hope your life will always be full of mercy, magic and miracles..thank for sharing your story with us.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.

Hummingbird

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your words, bests, Parwana

Ify Onyegbule's picture

Keep the fire burning!

Thank you for sharing your story, i have always wondered how women fared in your part of the world but i see its not easy but it is achievable!

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Yes, it will take time as it is not that much easy, but it is achievable and possible in this era and century. Thanks, Bests, Parwana

krita's picture

hey parwana your writing to

hey parwana your writing to me was something which made me recall the story of kabul from the book "the kite runner", It is one of the best books i have come across. Nepal, my country was also involved in a decade long insurgency and more than 14000 people lost their lives but then as a child i never felt directly affected by this insurgency as I was born and living in the capital city.But you have expressed how war can affect individual lives and what motherland means to a person in a far away land. Moreover, i really appreciate the courage you have gather to bring the best in you after going through all those harsh days. Best Wishes.

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your comment, yes you are right that all of the countries around the world have gone to war and long term devastation, but victory to those countries that have peace today. All the individual member of the country suffers directly by the government's instabilities. Well, gonging back to those memories are bot harsh for me now. Because still people do not feel secure on their own Afghan land, this is one thing can easily make my days 'harsh days.'
As one of our friends said that it is not easy also difficult but possible and achievable. So i believe it.
Bests,
Parwana Fayyaz

Stella Paul's picture

Rare chance

Dear Parwana
Last year, I went to Germany for a global youth meet. I was told that 3 people - 2 men and a woman - would be coming from Afghanistan. Sadly, only the men turned up as the woman - for reasons unknown to us, didn't get the visa. I was utterly disappointed. And its not the only time I heard such stories. There have been other instances when I expected to meet a voice from Kabul, but it didn't happen. I am so happy to see a 'parwana' (a Moth) in you that has found its wings and is flying, whichever way she wants!!!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your words, yes Afghan women or people can be stopped by any reason on the way to success. But World Pulse has opened this safe way for us to meet each other through a slide. I am also so happy that you have heard an Afghan's voice. Actually, as one of our staffs at university, calls me Moth's cousin rather than being 'a Moth,' as my name means, 'Butterfly.'
Thanks for inspiring words, I am looking forward to become a voice of our future correspondence only to learn how can I do my responsibilities as a freer and empowered Afghan voice.
Bests,
Parwana Fayyaz

gingerhooper's picture

Parwana, This is an

Parwana,
This is an absolutely beautiful piece of writing:
“We devoted ten springs of our long lives’ seasons under the warm wind and with the cold whispers of winter in Pakistan“ WOW! )I have never been to Afganistan or Pakistan and yet your words breathe life into those places. I really hope you achieve a place on VOF.
Laura

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

You are a very good reader and listener of voices. Yes, as I said before that nothing but the words make our fed-up journeys absolutely delightful journey. Thanks for your hope for me, I am also looking forward for becoming VOF, as I have lots of stories to tell to the world and lots of changes for Afghan women and children. Thanks, Bests, Parwana

fem4femmes's picture

Together...

"I was not alone or with family but with the world." - Your words have joined my collection of thoughts that inspire and transcend! Thank you! Thank you, not only for offering a voice for Afghan women, but for joining your voice to mine and those of the other women of the world!

May your stories continue to color your words and your artwork, and may I have the chance to learn through both!!

Many joys to you today!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dearest Friend;

I really loved the quote from Ana, thanks so much for your inspiration. Thus I write because, the written words talk to every human of our universe. Only words are the universe's beauty. Bests. Parwana

elizabech's picture

Great story

This is a great story and I really enjoyed your colorful writing. You paint a picture that takes your reader along with you in every situation. I think that your writing on women's issues in Afghanistan are very important for all of us to hear and understand!

Keep up the journey!!

Liz

parwana fayyaz's picture

Thanks, I believe that words

Thanks, I believe that words should convey message and hope for all.
Lets take this journey, writing words, together for finding other voices around the world. Every second there are voices around but there should someone to hear at least a person's voice. It is important to give value to women's voice.
Thanks,
bests Parwana

ccontreras's picture

Inspirational!

I really enjoyed reading your writing and it is truly inspirational. You are at a place where you can represent and write on behalf of many Afghan women who are unable to connect with the rest of the world. I think this is why being a part of World Pulse gives you the tools to make your voice be heard and be a part of a global community! Best of luck and I hopeto read more of your stories! :-)

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Your words are inspiring, thus I find myself into your words. As to add to the Stafford's quote that, "I want the experience of the butterfly." My name means 'butterfly' I think you have given me more sense of identifying who am I?
You are a good reader.
Bests Parwana

ccontreras's picture

Beautiful name! I didn't know

Beautiful name! I didn't know it meant Butterfly! Yes, this quote is definitely adding a bit more to your mission, you are free and unique as a butterlfy! :-)

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

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I would love to share with

earthwindfire's picture

Mercy, Magic and Miracles

Thank you, Parwana Fayyaz, for your submission. Your writing reads like poetry - of the mind and spirit - and brought this reader/listener into your world with images of nature and of your reality. Writing is, to me, too, a great source of comfort, reflection and introspection, as well as a way of communicating my visions and life experiences to others, so I totally understand the value of painting 'all the journeys on the blue ocean's paper' and the wind guiding 'it toward the world's people.' I hope you will continue to bring Afghan women's stories to world awareness through World Pulse and other media. Yes, as you so beautifully phrase it, 'we can change our lives with mercy of our experiences, magic of our thoughts, and the miracles nearby of our eyes.' I am a firm believer in the magic of the ordinary, so I hear you loud and clear as I'm certain many others do, as well. My appreciation goes out to you, as a listener and as a woman.

parwana fayyaz's picture

Dear Friend:

Thanks for your comment, your Worldpulse name is so strong earthwindfire, is it your real name? Bests, Parwana

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