...Lyrics from a favorite childhood song. But now with broad technology platforms, there is no need to lose my voice (pun intended). The challenges and opportunities for solution are, obviously, great; as such, it is important to have direction, focus, empowerment, and voice so that one does not become tangled in the net.
Through many and painful challenges life has provided me, I concomitantly became more focused in passion and pursuit. I found that everything in my life comes to this: Relationship and Communication. Each child taught, every song written, every rock climbed, every cup of coffee I made, every group to whom I belong- is about these two realizations.
I could indeed pursue my passion for Relationship, and all that that word implies, because there are so many options to do so using what is referred to as “web 2.0”. This reality of seeing, hearing, speaking, working together with my sisters around this blue planet stirs in me a joy I can not explain, nor contain.
I’ve been graciously granted innovation, skill, and longing to be a part of something big, important, outside my comfort level. I open my arms to receive wisdom from sisters who are geographically so far. Fortunately for me there exists bountiful opportunities and resources to enter into worlds outside my own. Oh, what ecstatic sensations this brings my soul!
Through this new web, I can continue to pursue my passions for Relationship and Communication. These I value so as to lift-up, listen, stimulate, mentor, teach. I can find and provide a safe haven for body, soul. Through my career I’ve witnessed the absolute miracle of a person relaying a thought for the first time. Oh the power, oh the light of that communicative act. It changes their life. It changes mine. Every time. Imagine an army of girls and women lifting voices as one, whatever form, thanks to this medium we have been given of the ever-expanding web!
Now with no geographical limits, I’m able to pursue opportunities for finding solutions, to help women become focused in realizing their goals. To empower them with knowledge and tools. And, possibly, to deviate from my current path of giving children a voice through Augmentative Communication. Perhaps I’ll move towards empowering non-verbal children in impoverished countries. Or training mothers to give their child a voice. Or training entrepreneurial women to have focus, goals, and follow-through. Or perhaps lifting instrument and voice together, though physically we are not.
Distance is only a matter of perception now. We have been given the gift of connectivity via this bigger, broader, better web.
Let us not squander this opportunity.
Let us lift our voice as one. Let us move as one. Let us be the change- as one.
I can hear the voices already, calling me from the other side. And I mean to answer them.
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