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VOF WEEK 4: PULSE SOUL SISTER’S REFLECTIONS

It’s exactly 2pm l am just about to write down my final lines to the VOF application the journey has been a monumental one.A rather challenging and mind boggling what with the exciting topical issues that keep you thinking more and more how to put down the ideas. Back to the assignment was looking at my small niece the other day and admired the innocence in her eyes, in retrospect as l compared her with the younger version of me in my photo album. The ups and downs that life has taken me through, the growing up while reluctantly accepting that not everything has to go my way. The network through the pulse has rejuvenated within me that fighting spirit that life has to go on, empathizing with a pulser’s situation dawns the realization upon me that there are people who are badly of and l should thank my creator for each day.

However to be the person that l am today is drawn from the need to have a purpose driven life that will propel my destiny to greater heights one that is akin to what pulse wire has currently embarked on. The realization of this is pegged on the values my life relies upon, my beliefs systems, principles and ideals .Amidst my selected values are there any that limit my growth, development and realization of my vision as a person.l am an ardent listener to Joel and Victoria Osteen, there inspiring messages motivated my creation of a growth plan which is similar to the vision that one is to create for their life. My growth plan is threefold; academic, personal and institutional. Each has a quantifiable value and measurable target that will seek to ensure that there is a “value add” ultimately

Prior hands on exposure in management inclined my adoption of the SWOT-Strengths, Weakness, Opportunity and threat as an evaluation and antidote mechanism to any impending hampering encounter.

Image is everything. You always have to be your best, in my short experience with pulse wire empathizing with another and undertaking the daunting task of making the next sister realizing the same thing online calls for one thing; Mentorship. It is the easiest and fastest method of expressing ideas to small groups that will be assigned the task of scrutinizing and performing tasks that will later be shared within the online network while inviting views for constructive criticism.

Men are from mars and women are from Venus. Through pulse wire Auma a pulse wire grassroots correspondent on an international scale is able to voice out her experience and challenges on living with the virus. Being an advocate l would be an ardent proponent for online gender activism through mentorship.

Women tirelessly work to cater for and mould their children for future generations. Experiences that she has gone through have at times made her coil at the thought of being exposed to ; HIV, loss of a child or spouse, security of her young child amongst others. Harsh or receptive, warm or distant, her heart is by and large reflective of her personal experiences and wider community have moulded her to be. In Kenya for instance patriarchy rules the day; a woman is to be submissive to her husband inspite of the expectations that a rudimentary cultural system will bring her way. Stories are told by our mothers of how we are to endure the wrath of an abusive husband in the name of love yet it not only poses a danger to ones reproductive health ; exposure to HIV but also reducing the sanctity of the woman’s life. The Pulse wire community that has been created through the network will revolutionaries the ingenuity of the woman’s thought process through communication on the blogs that have been availed; wonders of modern technology at the press of a button. Like a child for pulse wire to grow it has to be nurtured and tended for the benefit of the entire community. That is upon reflection that l realize for pulse wire to grow Lynda Banja has to love me and do so by creating time for me and loving me to make pulse wire the best social community network!

Comments

Margot's picture

Thank you!

Hi!

Thanks so much for sharing your vision and passions. I appreciated learning about the cultural expectations for women in Kenya. It is a reminder of what we often take for granted in America where gender equality is becoming more commonplace. Although we in America still have a long ways to go on some gender equality issues. I just received my degree in Business last May so I felt like I could relate with some of the terms and techniques you used (value add and SWOT). What do you do for work these days?

It sounds like you have some pretty incredible challenges in Kenya and I am impressed with the positive outlook that you project in your writing.

Thank you and all the best to you!

Margot

banjalyz's picture

Thankyou

Hi Margot,

l am greatly humbled by the sentiments yo have shared with me. l am a currently a legal intern in Kenya and fortunately have had the privilege to work with a number of ngo's (non governmental organizations as a volunteer.l was at some stage in my life trying to fit in my fathers shoes by doing accounts hence the management terminologies i.e swot analysis but currently l am in the final stages of attaining my bar exams results just actually praying for the best.Its great that the digital divide has slowly been broken down and we can appreciate the value of the diverse cultures that we have.
Honestly when l volunteer l realize that how and where l live is something to thank God for each day.What really moves me is the experiences that l share with them that dawns the reality that someone somewhere is worse of than you,so appreciate and improve the little that you have.

Its a privilege and an honor to hear from you l hope this channel of communication will remein open for the sharing and exchange of ideas!

Warm regards,
Banja

enDhruva's picture

Thank you for sharing so much

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. It was inspiring to hear about the realizations you've had throughout this process. The long held expectations for women in Africa sound difficult to accept coming from the community I live in however it sounds like some women (like yourself) see that things can be different and want to change the perceptions and expectations. As you mentioned, Mentorship can do wonders to not only help mold a person into what they strive to be but also help that person discover just what it is they strive to be. I hope World Pulse can be a mentor to women who may not have that someone nearby. I know it has been that for me and it sounds like it has been that for you as well!

Again, thank you for sharing and being a part of Voices of our Future!

Best Regards,
Erin

Hi Erin,

Thanks for taking time to review my article.Yes it is my hope and prayer that online mentorship will bring out the beauty that resonates out of every woman within the Pulsewire network!

It is comments and acknowledgments of the sentiments shared that has pulled us together and it is my prayer that this remains the same! Pulse Wire Soul Sisters Prevail!

Regards,

Banja.

JaniceW's picture

A group you may be interested in

Banja,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I am sure your reflections resonate with many members. It is a joy to have you as a member of this community. You might be interested in joining the group, African Female Lawyers, which can be found at:
http://www.worldpulsemagazine.com/pulsewire/groups/6332

It is administered by Fatimah from Nigeria who wrote "The potentials of a woman cannot be quantified and I believe that women need to believe more in themselves." You can find her at: http://www.worldpulse.com/user/1410. Under her photo, click on the "Add to my community" button and invite her to be your friend. I think you both would share many of the same values and dreams.

Also, when responding to a comment someone has posted in your journal, it is best to click on the word"Reply" at the bottom of their comment. This means that when you respond, they will be sent an email notifying them that you have posted a reply. This ensures that everyone you respond to knows that you have replied. Best wishes with your bar exams. I know that you will go on to touch many lives in a positive way.
Janice
PulseWire Community Director

banjalyz's picture

Thankyou

Hi Janice,

Hope this mail finds you well.Thankyou for acknowledging the sentiments that l have shared through the network.Yes l have joined the group African Female Lawyers and have invited Fatimah form Nigeria to be my friend and my prayer is that the response will be in the affirmative.

l hope that my response to the comments from various writers has been able to reach them although l have taken note of the mode of response now.

Results for the bar exams are due anytime from next month my only prayer is for the best outcome.Thanks once again for the network and with Gods grace we will definitely make a difference in the life of the people around us albeit first is embracing the positive changes in ourselves first.

Thanks,

Warm regards,
Banja.

banjalyz's picture

Thankyou

Hi Janice,

Hope this mail finds you well.Thank you for acknowledging the sentiments that l have shared through the network.Yes l have joined the group African Female Lawyers and have invited Fatimah form Nigeria to be my friend and my prayer is that the response will be in the affirmative.

l hope that my response to the comments from various writers has been able to reach them although l have taken note of the mode of response now.

Results for the bar exams are due anytime from next month my only prayer is for the best outcome.Thanks once again for the network and with Gods grace we will definitely make a difference in the life of the people around us albeit first is embracing the positive changes in ourselves first.

Thanks,

Warm regards,
Banja.

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