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VOF Week 1: (Web 2.0 and Global Communication)

I am 57 years old, and my life has found me alone and on my own. I have accomplished so many things, and I am very proud of each and every one of them, yet here I am, tossed away, by those I love and cared for. I just want a chance to be heard, a chance to say those things you gain only by wisdom, and really knowing what unconditional love is. I look forward to knowing all that I can...and helping, all that I can. :)

What most excites me about Web 2.0 is the opportunity to get involved with other women from all over the world through a program that gives us the ability to communicate about the world we live in, and the world around us. I think it is a great way to show the world that women have a voice to go along with our bright minds. That we can through the ability to network, help one another through problems we may be individually facing, no matter where we are. A network to pass along information is a step into global activism.

The solutions Web 2.0 brings to the global women's empowerment movement are endless. We each have our separate abilities to apply a solution to any problem that another one of our sisters may have. We can give ideas, share solutions, impart wisdom and gain friendship. We can indeed make the world smaller, because through Web 2.0 we are only words away from one another. We are no longer separated by space and governments, but together at the flip of a switch and we are in participatory communication.

Web 2.0 is empowering me to share thoughts, ideas, and solutions to any problem the group is faced with. It empowers me to feel that I can have a say about so many things that I could never have had the chance to say any other way. There really is no other mode of doing so, as far as I know. I find this is a ground floor, ground breaking program, to be an advantage for myself and all others involved to join forces and create a more global platform for communication. Thank you Web 2.0.

Comments

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Hugs and love

It was very brave to post your story! I think a lot of woman live with this silent shame and just can't talk about it or admit it to themselves things like this. I am very glad you had the courage to post your story. I think it will help woman to see they are not alone in this and maybe we can help each other figure out how to get rid of the feelings of shame it brings.

Maria

Rose Of Sharon's picture

Hugs and love

Maria, thank you for your kind words. What you have expressed is exactly why I posted my story. I know there are many women living with this silent shame and can not talk about it. Often we are shunned and told not to speak of these things. But, I ask why not? Only when this sort of thing is out in the open can we learn to deal with it on a personal level as well as a global level. In order for us to make this a better world for all, we have to deal with things like this because it's so real, and happens all over the world. The sad part about it, is that too often it keeps us from making the best of who we really are. We didn't ask for this to happen, we were victims. To arise above the victimization shows the strength of women and the ability for us to overcome.

Hugs & love back,
Rose Of Sharon

olakitike's picture

I'd like to learn from you

I am young, so perhaps I cannot imagine what it is like to be 57 and feel tossed aside. Yet I know that at 57, I want to be able to say like you that I have acheived many things that I am proud of. So I'd like to learn from what you are willing to share. I am glad you are here as I come from a culture where we say believe that nothing can replace the wisdom ganered by age. not even the energy of youth. It's a privilege to have you here, to learn from you.

Rose Of Sharon's picture

Id like to learn from you

My Dearest Olakitike,

I am so happy to hear from you, your words give to me reward for living. Unlike your culture, which values wisdom gathered by age, Americans have no value for people who have aged. They have no ears to hear us, they have no desire to hear what we can share with them, through what we have learned by experience and life. We have the wisdom and ability to help them make the best decisions for their future. Instead we are thrown away and disposed of in old folks homes, or left to fend for ourselves until we lay down, give up and pass away.

My dear, I would love nothing more than to share with you anything you would like to learn or know. I don't want to give up, I want to live! I want to give! I want to be part of life!

Thank you Olakitike for giving me hope.

Love always and forever,
Rose Of Sharon

JaniceW's picture

We are so happy you are here

We all have so much going on in our lives, challenges, disappointments, dreams and hopes but here, we can set aside the stresses of our lives and find companionship and friends open to listening to our thoughts. No-one is alone on PulseWire and in time, we find that we have more in common than we have differences. Whether you are in the United States of America, on the African continent or on a small Pacific island, we have the same thoughts of self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence. It is through women such as yourself who have the wisdom of years and experience, that we can learn how to face the challenges in front of us and draw the support we need when our confidence in ourselves begins to fade. And it is through the open minds and receptiveness of members like Olakitike, that such wisdom is passed along.

Rose Of Sharon's picture

We are so happy you are here

Dear Janice,

I can not express how happy I am to be here, and how happy I am to be able to communicate through Web 2.0 with all of the members of this incredible group, like yourself, and members like Olakitike. So young, so willing, so understanding and reaching out to communicate with someone like me. I wake up and make a beeline for my computer, because I went to bed after working on this project. I wake up and I am so anxious to hear what everyone is doing and saying. I absolutely love it! I love to hear about their lives, their hopes and dreams for the future. I am blessed beyond words to be a part of this empowering experience, and I pray I can be of value to their lives, thoughts, and future. The world is so unstable, this project gives me hope that mankind can overcome the problems of the world today, even in a small way.

Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement.

Love & Blessings,
Rose Of Sharon

Margot's picture

1st entry I have read!

Hi Rose of Sharon,

I have just read your entry and I wanted to let you know that your entry was the first VOF entry I have read! I really enjoyed the positive energy which was flowing through your words. I also think it is amazing that Web 2.0 allows women from all over the world to network and be connected like never before. I feel like you did a great job expressing the endless possibilities that can and will arise from this networking tool and I felt inspired to learn more about pulsewire after reading your words.

Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to reading your next assignments!

Margot

Dear Margot,

Thank you for writing and letting me know how you like my journal entry. I love PulseWire, it has had a tremendous impact on my life. I wake up every morning and head to PulseWire to read entries. It's so exciting to me to be able to talk to other women all over the world sharing our views of the world and what is going on within it. Web 2.0 is an opportunity for interaction and a chance for us empower women all over the world to make an impact like no other we have ever had before. I am so happy you found it inspiring.

Thank you, and I encourage you to become involved too. The more the better! Women have voices that can change the world!

Blessings,
Rose Of Sharon

kimberleys's picture

welcome, sharon!

Dear Rose of Sharon,

My name is Kimberley, and I am a VOF listener. I admire your essay for its courageous honesty, and its articulate clarity. You're a lovely writer. I am also very encouraged to hear your hope and enthusiasm for the connectivity made possible by Web 2.0. 57 is hardly old (at least from my perspective!), but as your generation hasn't seized on Web 2.0 the way folks in, say, their 20s have, I am particularly happy that you're participating in Pulsewire and that you're excited about harnessing the power of Web 2.0.

I look forward to reading your next post as I would like to hear more specifics from you about your passions and your goals in using Web 2.0.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Sharon!

Warmly,
Kimberley

Rose Of Sharon's picture

Thank you Kimberly!

Dear Kimberly,

Wow, what an inspiring letter, it made my day! :) Thank you so much for your kind words and observations.

Honesty is truth, one of my most valued attributes, and articulate clarity, is an effort to say as much as I can in the least words with the most meaning, and beauty. I teach a bit online, I have had a chat room for over 6 years. Seeing that web chat is two dimensional, I try to keep it simple, yet say it with interesting and profound words. I love to write and I always have, even as a child, I would try to write short stories. As an artist, I love painting pictures with words. :)

The connectivity of Web 2.0 is such a beautiful way of making the world more of a family, with people all over the world. I can not think of many more things so exciting. I love knowing and talking to people worldwide. It can make things happen that could never happen before. How great is that!

I understand in todays world, and the marvel's of medicine, 57 is not old at all, in the physical sense. Yet a 57 year old person has had many experiences, which if chosen, one can turn into Wisdom through personal understanding. I do agree, Web 2.0 is more known by younger people, however as I said above, I have been extremely active with my computer and I keep up on what is going on. The world we live in today is enhanced by the internet, and we can learn so much more, and so much easier than ever before. I take advantage of it. I read books online that I would never get the chance to read if they were not so easy to access through the internet. I read and learn from it daily. It keeps me in touch, and I can watch what happens in the world just by turning my computer on. I more than love it, it is one of my passions, I love to learn, see, research, teach, talk, connect, empower, and I want to be a part of the world!

Many of my goals, as talked about above, have already manifested and bloomed into a dream come true. I am able to share with others the things I have learned, and I am able to organize them in such a way that they are interesting, fun, useful. Of course I have further goals. Such as being able to reach more and more listeners, and developing teaching methods that work well with the online experience.

I hope I have answered some of your questions, and I want to stress with all my heart, how much I thank you for giving me even more inspiration from your words.

It has been an extreme pleasure to hear from you, and I look forward to hearing from you again. :)

Blessings & Love,
Rose Of Sharon

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