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Like Ants

PulseWire brings together women from all over the globe, and as a result, there is an amazing capacity for us to share our strengths and help to carry our weaknesses together. It is truly amazing to watch ants, such small insects (and I do not intend to imply that women are small), carry something three or four times their weight. They do it together, and it is, and always has been amazing to see what people can do when they work together. I see online communities as a resource and a place to exchange ideas and solutions, a place to turn to for help, and inspiration.

One of the greatest barriers for me personally has been defining my community. Is my community the place I live? (If so, I have moved nearly every 6 months for the past 3 years) Or is it where I grew up? Or is it where my parents are from? I am now moving into a phase in life in which I will be stationary. I will be teaching in Ladakh for at least two years, beginning next week in October. I am entering into a new community that feels foreign. I will have to interact and learn in order to know who my community is, and then look, listen and learn about what the challenges are that need to be changed.

In many communities there seems to be a gap in defining, or seeing clearly what it is that people desire to get done. For this, I believe we must imagine and dream, create visions and dreams for what we want. Slowly, and surely, one step at a time and one day after the other, if we are clear about our vision and we take small even steps, we will continue to come closer to it.

Let us be like ants and share our visions and burdens in order to come closer to the world we dream of.

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usha kc's picture

Hi Laki,, very good to read.

Hi Laki,, very good to read. thank you so much sharing your feeling here.

please check your tagging, make correction dear.

Lakitalki's picture

Tagging

Usha, I am confused - is the tagging incorrect?!

Thanks for your comment!

@Lakitalki

Nusrat Ara's picture

I think the tagging is

I think the tagging is correct and the post is wonderful.

Are you at present in Leh? And how exactly did you land there?

Love

Nusrat

Susan Studebaker's picture

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I love your analogy with the ants-- and working together to make things happen. I think you are so right about defining what people want to do-- and I think that sometimes, so much needs to be done, that communities have trouble figuring out where to start. I would very much like to see what it is that you would like to do through WorldPulse. This was a very nice post.

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Emily Garcia's picture

Hello!

Hi Lakitalki,

Thank you for writing! Your post is beautiful and I too love your description of the ants sharing visions and working to carry weaknesses together.

I see how defining community can be a struggle, and for me I envision myself floating among diverse communities, especially when communicating with friends online in distant regions of the world. For me, community can be bound in essence by a common goal or vision, though these visions may look different close up when you speak to each person individually.

Good luck with your next move to Ladakh. I hope you find community there and a vision to share!

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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