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World Pulse Spirit Places Ten on my shoulders

In retrospection after ten, I sat to think about our journey. Our journey as a community of women and men who discuss, comment and love to share our experiences and expertise on world pulse community. May be it will be right to say; women and men from the developing world, who are seeking self and communal development.

In actual fact, some of us came to World Pulse in search of a platform to raise our voices, a place of succor and of friendship, a place where we can be heard, listened to and be given a pat on the back after a hard day’s work. This strongly applies to me.

Taking a closer look at this, I come to the full realization that World Pulse is not just a place for voice alone, but a place for ‘push-ups’ too. In addition, I discovered another strange thing; there is a way World Pulse impacts on each and everyone. There is a World Pulse energy that forces every one of us to become who we want to be in the world.
World Pulse may not realize what it’s doing to us; women from the developing world. It may not even have it at the back of its mind or as one of its objectives. It may not be a part of the vision and mission of World Pulse too.

Whether we like it or not, it is gradually allowing itself to become a pillar to a higher ground for most of the women, who are interested in developing themselves and their communities. World Pulse is unknowingly building women who are role models to upcoming women. It is bridging the 'I cant do it spirit with you can do and be it spirits'.

We came in with the intention of finding our voices, along the line, we found a platform, our voices, our interested listeners and ultimately began to raise the voices of everyone around us. It became easier for us to plough further, gain ground, access opportunities from the resource exchange and from other World Pulse partners.

Gradually, we began to build our momentum worldwide. We began to expand in the sisterhood. We became more empowered through 'just an online source', and it made our solutions easier. We began to read good news about one another; I had to check out with my sisters where they are and what they are doing because, daily, these women worldwide, became agents of change, not just World Pulse journalists anymore but World change agents.

The spirit made it easier for us to make the best decisions about ourselves and others, we find it easier to support, help and stretch a hand because that is what we read and see on World Pulse daily. The individual’s stories encourage us and fuel our engine of progress. It became easy for a struggling young lady to start a scholarship scheme in Cameroon, when some other persons will channel such opportunity to dresses, her beauty make up and the likes. It is not a bad idea to beautify ourselves, neither is it a bad idea to sponsor a poor child. World Pulse sisterhood made it easier to prioritize what is advantageous to the World.

Each story of strength, of beautiful ideas of success told by our sisters here, propels us to become better change makers.

The power of the Pulse community continues to push us up; we continually build up our already created learning centre on the WorldPulse community. These days, nothing is new or strange again; the community is turning into a citadel of learning. We do not only share the news, we readily share knowledge everyday. Most importantly, those who love to read became enlightened daily by numerous interesting and illuminating posts.

This World Pulse Tenth year anniversary write up, is inspired by a sister from the war torn Somalia, once she sent a mail to me that she found it hard to access opportunity and whenever she writes her country's name in any application form, she would be rejected. As usual, I began my ranting, advice and suggestions for her. Consequently, she continued to write, read and enjoy our community and made friends with like minded people, and she gained ground, became known. Today, I sent a mail to confirm the new country, where she is studying presently, I smiled and said it will be unwise not to pen down this experience in appreciation of a committed journey by World Pulse team. Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan has no hold anymore on any World Pulse sister.

Again, I turned on my facebook chat, to have a short discussion with another World Pulse sister, she said, she was trying to put some finishing touches to a poster she will be presenting in Thailand next week. She has being selected to share her experience on working with HIV/Drug addicts in her country. I smiled silently; I remembered how she desperately wanted to do this few years ago. Now, she has become stronger, better and has shared her expertise with Ugandans, Nigerians, Kenyans and Indonesian organizations who have travelled down to her country for knowledge sharing programmes.

How easy it is to grow when you know and realize that you are supported by great women and men worldwide.

The last editing work I did for one of my sisters in Cameroon was for a presentation in Canada, she is working with aged women in her country. I was proud to listen to her presentation. We met on World Pulse, when we were trying to find our feet four years ago, and became inseparable neighbours. She visited me in Nigeria last year and we made the tie dye T Shirt for her annual aged women walk in Buea.

Yesterday, my husband sent a mail to me that one of our World Pulse sisters told him that she wanted to be like me, and now she has arrived in India to study. I smiled and said that is right, but she should have told me and I would have given her my secret. My study in India has not taught me anything new, my best lessons came from World Pulse women and I will categorically say that I have taught Indians things too, not necessarily to learn in India but I have contributed to the empowerment in my little way.

World Pulse has tapped into our ‘available potentials’ it is aware that we are brilliant, all that we needed is a little encouragement, and this was provided by the team here. I do not wish that there are many World Pulse organizations in the world; instead, I wish that the World Pulse spirit in each of us is continually put into action. So that, we are able to transmit ‘life’ into the lives every woman and girl we encounter; the both educated and the non-educated women/girls.

The positive energy on WorldPulse presents a platform for voice, friendship, space, encouragement and a push, for a ‘you can do’ attitude. We cannot please everyone, but we can transmit this fire into the lives of just ten women in a year. The multiplier effects will give a new face lift to those ten women we encounter yearly.

I wont stop wondering how many tens of women and men, World Pulse has touched their lives within ten years.

Happy tenth anniversary World Pulse!!

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Y's picture

Your vision and actions to

Your vision and actions to achieve your goals are so strong and exemplary. I will share with you what I wrote in my journal today. I was thinking of you and WorldPulse when I wrote it:

I AM infinite
I am fond of a joke that goes something like this, "If you are good to a dog, the dog comes to believe that you are a god; If you are good to a cat, the cat comes to believe that he/she is a god."

It seems to me that cats are not ever truly domesticated unless they become best friends with a domesticated dog who will teach them some manners. Perhaps humans should be dividing themselves into those who like being feral cats and those who want to be domesticated dogs. They should wear clothing that signifies what they prefer to be, so we know what to expect of them and in their tribes.

I know that a lot of people wear "gang" insignia, be the insignia of their favorite sports team, their school colors, signs of their religious affiliation, or actual violent gang signs. I appreciate this, so that I can attempt to avoid getting on the wrong side of their ways of treating outsiders. I am not sure why it angers so many people to see signs of "gang" affiliation.

I can usually observe from a distance before deciding whether or not the person or non-human animal seems safe for me to approach. What is wrong with simply crossing the street to avoid confrontation with those we don't understand? Why do we buy into fear as an automatic response to all that appear to be not "like us?"

There are many who belong to animal rescue organizations, promoting the good qualities of animals that are thought to be intrinsically violent. I submit that the way the animals are taught to be more gentle is to be worked with one-on-one by people who look them in the eye, speaks gently and teaches them what is expected in their new homes. Is this the way we "rescue" humans who have been abandoned by "polite" society before they end up in a prison ministry. I think not.

Many western rules are based on the ten commandments. The problem with these commandments is that they speak to others about what others should do. Perhaps we'd have more luck with people actually living by them as examples to others if the were reworded as positive messages of what we "shall" do, and worn on our bodies, so that we could hold each other accountable for the examples we are embodying:

1. I will see The Sacred Spirit in all creation, and will honor that spirit above all.

2. I will not attempt to limit the vision of The Sacred Spirit to an earthly image.

3. I will not use any image of The Sacred Spirit to manipulate another to my will.

4. I will be grateful for every day, and will rejoice with others on a regular basis.

5. I will honor my history by seeking to overcome the examples embodies in fear, and multiply the blessings.

6. I will seek to see The Sacred Spirit in all who wish to do me and my children harm, killing only when all other methods of sharing The Sacred Spirit have been attempted.

7. I will build The Sacred Spirit through bonding with others, and will not introduce into these sacred bonds that which will loosen them.

8. I will be humble enough to ask for what I need, being willing to learn to earn it. I will pay life-sustaining wages to all who help in my own efforts.

9. I will say encouraging words to and about everyone I encounter, so that each person may see and share The Sacred Spirit with me and others that they encounter.

10. I will rejoice with others as they work to build security for their families and all communities on earth, and will use my own talents to assist in this effort toward justice.

To sum it all up, we can see The Sacred Spirit in all around us, and nurture The Sacred Spirit in all. Just in case people still don't get the message that "God" is I AM to the infinite power. That means all that is special on earth and in "heaven."

Y

olutosin's picture

GOD IS I AM TO THE INFINITE POWER

Thank you so much my dear friend. you have helped me to sum up the whole story. I appreciate this too, that the commandments speak as if it is unto others and not to ourselves. I must not steal, I must not kill....

I know of the new sign phobia now, there is a state in Canada that has a problem with the sign thing, some do not even want the Hijab or Niqab, if the whole world will decide to live justly, in peace and give total freedom to everything and everyone, who knows we may not be fighting to enter heaven and killing people to appease our religion.

So many things to learn, unlearn and relearn.

thanks so much for stopping by and reading..

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Y's picture

You are helping me "learn,

You are helping me "learn, unlearn, and relearn" with everything you write. Thank you, My Dear Sister/Niece.

Y

olutosin's picture

Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We learn from the learning community.

Worldpulse is our NEW University!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Nusrat Ara's picture

Keep up the good work

Keep up the good work Olu.

Love

Nusrat

olutosin's picture

You too dear sister!!

We are in it together sister :)

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Olutosin- What powerful words

Olutosin-
What powerful words you weave, and what truth they posses. I love the voice I hear in this paragraph:
"We came in with the intention of finding our voices, along the line, we found a platform, our voices, our interested listeners and ultimately began to raise the voices of everyone around us. It became easier for us to plough further,.."

It encourages ME to know, because many times I wonder what encouragement I can be to my sisters here, that just knowing someone sees you and responds to your words gives enough strength to 'plough through'. I also find strength to continue along this path when I look to my sisters and see what is overcome each day.

So, thank you for sharing these thoughts. We will continue together along this path. I believe that the community here within World Pulse will only strengthen and grow, and soon all the world will know.

with love and sisterhood,
and with

Peace and Hope-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

Listener
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@CaliGalMichelle
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I appreciate you for this beautiful comments, Thanks so much for lending a listening ear, and reading eyes , hey and the commenting fingers on your laptop:)

Thanks so much....

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

Dear Olutosin, my sister from an African mother,

I have tears in my eyes as I read these words which do not amount to a mere story entry but a glimpse of how life could be when you enter World Pulse and if World Pulse even realized what it has done for us???

I pray for your powerful voice to resonate and make us unite with sisters worldwide.

Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam
India

It takes just one to change many

olutosin's picture

Love Love Love you

Thanks so much my love, may we remain in togetherness forever.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

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