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Hear My Voice: Women of the Light

Image credit: Nic McPhee

A strange cry pierces the hills, haunting yet familiar. I turn and look back to the valley. Ana! She is calling out to me, waving her arms and smiling. I can’t believe it. Ana has found her voice.

Born normal, an electrical explosion in her home as a baby rendered her deaf and mute. But that clear summer morning, as I was starting out on my day’s journey, Ana had wanted to tell me something. An intelligent and bright 6 year old, keenly observant, she called her voice from deep within, knowing that if she could release it, I could hear it.

Ana is my inspiration for seeking out and listening to the stories of women’s lives.

What do we really want when we desire change? Full immersion; transformation of spirit and mentality in our role as change makers and peace builders. Nothing is more frustrating for a change maker than dabbling. We don’t want to dip our toes into the edge of the pool. No, we want to jump in, full body, wave our arms, kick our feet, and slap the water from gentle eddies to rough waves.

For several years now I have been trying to become more fully involved as a fire builder in Israeli society, sparking conversations between Israeli Arabs, Israeli Jews, and our Palestinian neighbors. But do you know what? It’s hard. Not only is there the issue of geopolitical borders and literal walls between us, but it takes a lot of effort to devote yourself to relationship building when your partners are on the other side of the veil. We extend our hands in friendship, fingertips reaching across the divide, but the way is not clear. Politics and regional security cloud our vision. Mist obscures the horizon and the stars are blocked by storms. “Are we on the right path?” we ask each other.

My journey as a seeker has lead me to this glowing, brilliant tribe of WorldPulse women; bright rays of sun and a spirited wind of voices breaking through to clear the horizon. I want to become a Voices of the Future correspondent to magnify and concentrate that light into tinder, kindling our fires, igniting torches for the journey ahead.

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Credit to Nic McPhee, Creative Commons license, www.flickr.com/photos/nicmcphee/862161543.

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Stacey Rozen's picture

Don't stop planting seeds for

Don't stop planting seeds for peace, dialogue and understanding in your homeland no matter how hard it may be. Dive in deep, Maya, and may your huge waves beckon others to swim upstream with you.

Creatively,
Stacey

Maya Norton's picture

Re-posting this comment as it

Re-posting this comment as it didn't come out as a reply but as a separate post on my first try.

Thank you, Stacey.

Planting and swimming,

~ Maya

Maya Norton's picture

Thank you, Stacey. Planting

Thank you, Stacey.

Planting and swimming,

~ Maya

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Precious M's picture

What an inspiration!

I particularly love this phrase: "We don’t want to dip our toes into the edge of the pool. No, we want to jump in, full body, wave our arms, kick our feet, and slap the water from gentle eddies to rough waves." We should be very active in bringing on change. Nice post!

Love
Precious

My pen speaks

Maya Norton's picture

Thanks, Precious. All the

Thanks, Precious.

All the best,

~ Maya

Greengirl's picture

You are on course Maya

Dear friend, every word you speak revealed your eagerness for change and your seemingly little efforts makes a great difference. With very strong determination, you have moved from creating gentle ripples to very strong and reverberating waves! Keep wading in the pool of change, I know you will achieve your goal!

Do you by any chance know about Yehuda Stolov of Inter Faith Encounter, based in Israel? If not I will forward his contact details to you. He is a doing a great work which is focused on bridging the peace divide in Israel.I have been following his work for years and subscribed to his organization's updates.

Love,
Greengirl

Maya Norton's picture

No, that would be great.

Thank you, dear Olanike.

No, that would be great. Please do.

Update: I found him all over Google. How are you connected?

In friendship,

~ Maya

Taha Mirani's picture

Brilliant

Dear Maya, that is a brilliant post. Loved it.

May God bless you with all things good.

Love

Taha Mirani

Maya Norton's picture

Thank you, dear Taha.

Thank you, dear Taha.

Blessings and love,

~ Maya

libudsuroy's picture

Dear Maya, Thank you again

Dear Maya,
Thank you again for such an engrossing and in-depth piece that distills the challenges ahead for peacebuilders and changemakers in you homeland as well as for those in various parts of the world today. It is indeed difficult but still you are compelled to try. And you are in the midst of it now, deep in the waters. I read your work after having read earlier about the latest tension near Nablus. But your thoughts give me hope that the fires you build is a stronger conflagration than those stoked by those who prefer war instead of peace. May your tribe increase! May World Pulse tribes increase all the more!

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

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

Maya Norton's picture

Libudsuroy, I appreciated

Libudsuroy, I appreciated every word of what you wrote and the many blessings it enclosed. Thank you, dear sister.

Things are a little rocky right now, but I'm hoping all sides hold on and stay in check. The summer months tend to be a period of escalation, but instead of calling it a pattern, I'd like to scale back that mentality and call it a repeated occurrence. We must grab optimism by the tail and hold on.

By the way, your entry for Assignment Four was stunning.

~ Maya

libudsuroy's picture

Yeah, language can mean a

Yeah, language can mean a lot. escalation, de-escalation, pattern, occurrence, event, process. We are also bugged and bogged down by those terms like "killed" talks, "rebel-infested areas" in my country, (among) the government leaders....
Thanks for peeping in/ through my Journal... you did not leave a note there, did you? Might I not have been wakened enough to notice it?
:)

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

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

Maya Norton's picture

No, I was lazy and left it

No, I was lazy and left it here. If you'd like me to comment there as well, I'd be glad to.

I read all of your entries but haven't commented on all. I thought all of the flattery might get tiring (is that even possible?). ;)

~ Maya

Debra K Adams MA's picture

beautiful!

well said - your work is difficult but worthwhile. Stay on track and stay in contact, I would like to be a resource if I can be ...

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
See my vizify bio! https://www.vizify.com/debra-k-adams-ma-pdv-cws
Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

What a kind offer. Thank you, Debra.

By the way, do you know of Leonie Dawson? You'd like what she's doing. What a woman of spirit. http://leoniedawson.com.

~ Maya

Aysha Ibrahim's picture

Powerful

Maya you have wonderful writing skills. Your words are very powerful, having magical effects and I loved the flow of words.
keep writing and keep inspiring
best of luck

Maya Norton's picture

Thanks so much, Aysha. I

Thanks so much, Aysha. I really appreciate your kind words. The feeling is mutual.

~ Maya

Katalina's picture

Thanks

Thanks for your piece. It's good to hear you are reaching out to Arabs. That is so needed in the ongoing conflict! Katalina

Maya Norton's picture

Dan Eldon

Hi Katalina, appreciate your encouragement. Can't get too much of that.

On a pesonal note, how old were you when you moved from the Congo to the US? One of my favorite books is Dan Eldon's (z'l) The Journey is the Destination.. You may like it too.

www.daneldoncollection.com
www.daneldon.org/artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Eldon

All the best,

~ Maya

Katalina's picture

Thanks

I was 10 when I moved back to the US. Thanks for the book recommendation. Have a good week. Katalina

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you for sharing the

Thank you for sharing the beautiful story of Ana. I wish you the best on your journey, great work!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Maya Norton's picture

Thanks so much for your

Thanks so much for your comment and for reading, Aimee.

Funny quote.

~ Maya

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