For my children, for all children

Anne Penikis
Posted May 2, 2019 from United States

I have the fortune to work for this amazing organization and while I am so grateful for myself. I am even more grateful for the example I can set for my children. The reward of telling them what I work on, why I do it, who I am impacting. That is my resistance...resisting thru example; doing work that has meaning, makes the world a bit better. 

I had a work call a few weeks back with a representative group of women across the World Pulse community, and literally the world. And to have my daughter look over my shoulder at the computer screen and see was amazing. To point out each woman and tell her where that woman lives (Philippines, Pakistan, Spain, etc.) and share the unique work they were each doing was significant. As an average pre-teen I think she mainly rolled her eyes and thought...jeez Mom...your work is so boring. But I know that overtime my sharing about myself and the work women do around the world will sink in for her and for her brother.

I'll be honest, it's hard to keep up the resistance...be it on the work front, the political front, and the personal front. But when the going gets tough and I think I can't do more than I am doing, I get a new wind. Sometimes the wind comes from a conversation with a friend, sometimes it comes from a podcast or a show, or a book or an exchange with my children. In the end I get up and keep going.

The most recent boost to my resistance effort came from an consistently reassuring resource...Brene Brown. She's got a new show on Netflix, plus her ever amazing TED talk. But she said there is something she does every day when she gets up that inspired me. She shared this..."It’s a choice you make everyday...today I’ll choose courage over comfort." Which to me translates to...I will continue to resist. Resist the bad choices being made in my government, by people in my community and even by myself. I'm not Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris or even our amazing founder Jensine, but I can fight the good fight in my corner. For my children and for the future.

To quote a very famous American President (who inspired Brene Brown) Theodore Roosevelt...

"It is not the critic who counts; not the (wo)man who points out how the strong (wo)man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the (wo)man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends her/himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she/he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that her/his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

I added the (wo) and her/his because it's not just about men and I think he knew that, but in his day and time that's not how it would have been said.

So...today and tomorrow and the next day, I will make the daily choice to choose courage over comfort.

This story was submitted in response to Why I Resist.

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Jill Langhus
May 02
May 02

Hi Anne,

Congrats on sharing your first story, and post... and what an impactful and strong message you have! Keep going. Keep being courageous, for yourself; for your children... because you make a difference, and you're definitely making a difference in the work that you're doing, and in your children's lives with the work that you're doing and the beliefs and morals that you have. It's always said that what you tell your children, or anyone for that matter, doesn't mean nearly as much as what you DO. This is so true. Continue being the change, Anne! I know you will:-) We need more women like you... everywhere. Thank you for sharing.

Jensine Larsen
May 02
May 02

I LOVE this first post!!! So heartful, so true, so completely you. Brene Brown is great, but you are major inspiration to all of us at World Pulse. Keep nurturing your spirit and your fire - your children and the world need you!

Hello, Anne,

Beautifully-written and inspiring as well! I love Brene Brown! I wish I could get a Netflix subscription, I know she'll be on it. I love reading posts from World Pulse staff. It gives us another perspective from your side of the web. You are making a difference everday. We are happy that you are doing the work that you do. We celebrate you! Thank you for this writing and may we read more from you! Hugs to your daughter.

Anne Dupont
May 03
May 03

Hi Anne!
What a heartfelt and beautiful story, not to mention it’s your first! It rang so true and authentic and I loved the image of your daughter looking over your shoulder seeing the many courageous women we serve all over the world. I will choose courage with you by my side, each and every day! YOU are in inspiration!
Love,
Anne

Beth Lacey
May 03
May 03

Great story, Anne.

Kirthi
May 04
May 04

Hello Anne!
What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing and for being such a powerful force of change. This is a very informative and important post. Thank you very much for sharing, once again!

Adriana Greenblatt
May 04
May 04

Hello Anne so excited to meet you on here, and read this post! Keep on writing puleeasse! This so resonates with me and kismet is that I just finished watching Brene Brown's netflix special, but I totally agree with Jensine (thank you Jensine) that the real inspiration is in you, your words, the way you expressed what feels true to you, and with that I feel renewed inspiration to keep resisting as well. Thank you and hugs to you from Montreal!
Adriana

Tamarack Verrall
May 04
May 04

Hi Ann,
Thank you so much for this. That such a strong and dedicated woman can speak about when the going gets tough and how you catch a new wind, is inspiring and empowering. And knowing that you are in the inner workings of our network is such a comfort. Thank you for the links to Brene Brown, for letting us know more about you, and for such an encouraging message and story.

Valentine Idaewor
May 05
May 05

This is so amazing oh my goodness. Very inspiring. God bless you

Olutosin
May 06
May 06

Beautiful, I have decided to join you. I will daily choose courage over comfort.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Seka
May 06
May 06

Hello Anne,
Thanks for the great post. We have a great job in WP: to learn and to learn! Who is Brene Brown? I hope to know a lot from you.
Blessings!
Seka

Anne Penikis
May 07
May 07

Thank you to everyone who sent in supporting words. It is so lovely to be heard! Onward and upward!

Moutushi Dey
May 09
May 09

Love your expression "I can fight the good fight in my corner"!!

Sinyuy Geraldine
May 11
May 11

Beautiful story dear sister. I have also learned to take the right choice, courage and resistance. Thanks for sharing your story.

Dawn Arteaga
May 15
May 15

Love this!!! Thank you for sharing Anne and for showing up for World Pulse every day!! I feel so fortunate to work with you!

ANJ ANA
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Anne,
Thank you so much for inspiring and being yourself and for the resistance. It's so powerful that each day an act of courage for change over the comfort is improving.
We would like to hear you more and anticipate.
best regards,
anjana