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Words Paint Profound Pictures

Our stories are the tellers of us...

A page, devoid of content, eagerly awaits my scribbled thoughts. My fingers itch as the cursor flickers on the screen anticipating a word that will lead to a sentence then a paragraph and culminate in a meaningful story worthy of its telling.

I envision a blank canvas that yearns for brush strokes soaked in the colours of a painting that will beckon interpretation. I snap a photograph and capture a moment in time worthy of the memory it holds, the portrait it portrays of a life lived and the lessons it may teach.

Every word is a brush stroke painting a story. Every photograph is a visual chapter.

Yet, what is a story without an audience? The lessons it may teach will go untaught. The connections it may elicit will remain disconnected. The worthiness of its cause will go unnoticed. The vulnerable will be exploited. The voiceless will remain silent.

World Pulse offers a platform to extend my reach and share stories deserving of a broader audience. As a woman, I've yearned to be embraced by a community such as this in which my voice can be heard. In the company of like-minded feminine spirits, I may expose my deepest longings for both myself and my community - from grassroots to global. By weaving a net of embrace, we can relate to each other even if we never meet face-to-face.

I believe that one should never impose on a community, rather contribute to it. And so, here's a taste of the story that has unexpectedly illuminated my path and enriched my life in ineffable ways.

Once upon a time, in a small storage room for chairs at a church in Soweto, teen girls embroidered messages onto strips of fabric sharing their lives, loves, pains, challenges, discoveries and dreams. These scarves were gifted to girls in other African countries, weaving yarns of the makers, receivers and connectors. The story adventurously travelled through its retelling.

A cohesive group was moulded in that tiny room. Girls entered with hurt so deep it erased them from the inside. Together, we cradled our wounded places until we felt whole again reveling in being splendidly imperfect and succulently rare. Just like seeds watered in the midst of a drought bloom into blossoms more beautiful than any possible prediction. Where there's a will, there's a way.

My hope is that this will be a never-ending story, one without a chapter that says, 'The End'. It will be a narrative cherished for lifetimes long after these girls have grown into mothers themselves - all because of the lessons it has taught them.

These young women of Story Scarves are the voices of our future. I have found my younger sisters and they have found me. Kin by choice and heart.

No matter the medium - the written word, the painted canvas or the artistry in fibre - I am whole heartedly compelled to weave meaningful yarns that are soulfully sewn. My inner pulse beats with nourishment in having found what I truly love doing.

POEM
I'd like to share a poem by Lao Tzau. It profoundly resonates with me and I'm sure it will resonate with you too.

Go to the people
Live with them
Love them
Learn from them
Work with them
Start with what they have
Build on what they know
And in the end
When the work is done
The people will rejoice:
“We have done it ourselves.”

- Lao Tzau, Father of Taoism, Tao Te Ching

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Aminah's picture

Wonderful word art, Stacey.

Your stories, your writing, its finery surely deserves a wider audience.
It's full of hope and inspiration. Full of color and oneness. It's the story of feminine voice all over the world.
Keep spinning and sharing your love.

Salaam
Aminah

Stacey Rozen's picture

Thank you!

Your comment brought tears to my eyes, Aminah. It made me realise that there are others that understand and care enough to say they do. Heartfelt thanks for all your encouragement over the month if our journaling. So glad we have connected.

Creatively,
Stacey

Maya Norton's picture

Yes, I'm with Aminah on this

Yes, I'm with Aminah on this one.

~ Maya

Stacey Rozen's picture

Thanks Maya, and I can say

Thanks Maya, and I can say 'ditto' on my previous comment for you too. Glad to connect with you.

Creatively,
Stacey

Greengirl's picture

Dear master story weaver

I just love the way you meaningfully wove the words in the story and still drove the point home, in a manner that leaves one craving to read more. You are such an artistic writer Stacey and I've sure got a lot to learn from you.
Be sure that I will keep my ears close to the ground in anticipation of all you've got to share.

The concept and ideologies of the 'Story Scarves' is unique, inspirational and commendable.

Love,
Greengirl

Stacey Rozen's picture

Thank you!

Thanks so much for your encouragement. I'm also passionate about all things green and try to teach about UPcycling through art so that eco-friendly artworks are primary. I look forward to reading and learning more from you about all things green!

Creatively,
Stacey

Greengirl's picture

Honoured!

Together we can, Stacey.

Greengirl

Sangita Thapa's picture

a beautiful picture, again!

The colour of your words, the beauty and the strokes of ideas, the art of weaving thoughts- everything has created an amazing picture! you are a word painter dear Stacey. Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture!

Stacey Rozen's picture

Thanks!

Thank you for envisioning the visual feast, Sangita! Imagining colours our lives and I'm so glad we connected over the last month.

Creatively,
Stacey

Saving Angel's picture

Wow!

Stacey,

You are definitely an amazing author. The language styles and tools you use to express your emotions find such deep places in my heart and emotions. I enjoy reading your pieces so much!
I think my favorite part was when you said this: "These young women of Story Scarves are the voices of our future. I have found my younger sisters and they have found me. Kin by choice and heart". I feel the same way about all of the amazing women here on World Pulse that I have become friends with. They are kin by choice and heart - I wouldn't ask for better sisters than what I have found here!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

Stacey Rozen's picture

I'm in total agreement with

I'm in total agreement with you. I'm actually amazed at how embraced I have felt over the last few weeks. I never expected that to happen here. Chuffed that we all found each other in this sisterhood. Glad to be your sister too!

Creatively,
Stacey

libudsuroy's picture

Dear Stacey, Another

Dear Stacey,
Another sumptuous feast to behold! And keep on weaving soulfully those meaningful yarns. By these, the world is continued and enlarged. There are a lot of quotable quotes everywhere because they ring so true and honest. Thank you so much!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Stacey Rozen's picture

Thank you!

I appreciate every one of your comments. You are such an amazing writer! Please keep in touch.

Creatively,
Stacey

Klaudia Mexico's picture

a colorful endless future

Dear Stacey

I really admire your writing, its like a beautiful painting portraying a a colorful endless future.

Congratulations!!!
Klaudia

Klaudia González

Stacey Rozen's picture

Colouring our lives!

Thank you for spreading your joy to me, Klaudia! Your journal is a blessing to read.

Creatively,
Stacey

EmmaKWin's picture

Stacy, As has already been

Stacy,

As has already been stated by other commenters, you are a gorgeously poetic and evocative writer. You do a fantastic job of providing a call to action in a way that is both personal and can drive strangers to their own places of pain and beauty. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us!

Best,
Emma

Stacey Rozen's picture

Evocative

Thank you for voluntarily listening and reading, Emma. I'm glad my story evocatively touched you... thats what I aim for - to make pictures that stir a craving to get involved. I read of your offer for proposal advise. I'd love to take you up on it if you're not inundated already. Do you have a spare moment?

Creatively,
Stacey

EmmaKWin's picture

Stacey, What proposal are you

Stacey,

What proposal are you working on? If you don't have a hard deadline I definitely have time to review your work. Message me privately and I'll give you my email.

Best,
Emma

Stacey Rozen's picture

Thank you, Emma. Check your

Thank you, Emma. Check your inbox.

Creatively,
Stacey

j3ssm3ss's picture

Smashing

A lovely piece of writing Stacey, it really strikes the balance between the personal and the bigger picture and I found your personal vision and a sense of you cleverly implicit in your words. I agree totally with Aminah that they deserve a wider audience!

Good luck and keep writing!

Stacey Rozen's picture

Thanks!

You've made me realise that their stories don't come from me - they come through me. Thanks for recognising my helicopter vision :)

Creatively,
Stacey

kati.mayfield's picture

"Kin by choice and heart"

Dear Stacey,

I agree with "Saving Angel" above - the phrase "kin by choice and heart" is what captured me most about your story. How exciting that, through World Pulse, we get to find women who we would never otherwise meet, discover what our hearts and minds have in common, and become kin.

Thank you for writing,

-Kati

*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

Thanks Kati. I was referring to the girls in Soweto that have become my kin by choice and heart. I know them well and care for them as real life sisters on a daily basis. I do agree that WP is a wonderful platform for connection as a sisterhood. I just don't feel I know everyone here as well or can refer to them as kin.

Creatively,
Stacey

kati.mayfield's picture

Kin

Hi Stacey,
I suppose it's a bit dreamy of me to assume we'll be able to create bonds as strong as kinship through this forum:) But, hearing the stories of VOF Correspondents of past years, it does sound as though they did build very close relationships with their editorial midwives who coached them through their training.

Nevertheless, your work in Soweto and the girls you have met sounds very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story!

-Kati

*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

That's wonderful to hear. I'm sure bonds are solidified over time online. Don't stop being dreamy, Kati! That's an adjective to claim as yours :)

Creatively,
Stacey

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