Sitting back, my mind wonders on what I have done to deserve this. Who am I among the millions of women from 190 countries of the world to be selected for the World Pulse Impact Leader program?
Social work and selfless services, which are all I have been involved in my professional career have tailored my thinking and daily activities. I am humbled by real life situations of persons I meet on daily basis in my work activities. I belong to them because I am one of them. Being less privileged is a package. In this package you find poverty, vulnerability, hunger, oppression, marginalization, suppression and voiceless, all are in this container.
I remember choosing my career path out of my life experience. The experience that shaped my thinking and longing for a world better than that which I was born in. In my thinking I take it that life is all about service: thinking about others before self; about facing challenges squarely and being rugged; and about accepting the things I cannot change and striving to change the ones I can change. Yes, situations taught me to live my life one day at a time but not to give up.
In 2009, I found the World Pulse. The World Pulse located me in my remote environment. Through the World Pulse I began to see a world of my dream. I perceive another world different from the world of the days I was born. The platform World Pulse provided me with surrounded me with incredible group of women whose watchword has always been positivity. I hold tight to that positivity, working silently and changing my world one step at a time.
Guess what? On 20 September, 2016 I received heart-warming news from Sister Janice Wong: World Pulse has selected me among six women for a pilot project called Impact Leader Program! My screaming voice woke my neighbours from sleep. I could not contain my joy. I could not hold myself even when Janice told me not to break this news yet. Not thinking of the hour of the day, I phoned my confidant-- my mother and broke the news to her. To my utmost surprise, the scream of my more than 80-year old mother was much louder than mine. I switched of my phone because it was late but the first phone call I received early next morning was from my mother. Her excitement knows no boundary. I still went ahead to share my joy with Jensine-- the Amazon-- yes, that very night! If you ask me, one special good I did for myself was to break the news that very night. If I was not smart enough to share it with my mother and to Jensine; I should have died of over joy had I kept it all to myself.
As I am writing this post, my mouth could not yet describe the caliber of highly dignified team of professional women-- thought partners assigned to me alone by World Pulse! According to Janice, these women will each contribute in unique and powerful ways to my “auspicious” vision. Who am I among the millions of women from 190 countries of the world that the World Pulse is thoughtful of me and my dream?
My joy knows no bounds. I am highly encouraged, highly motivated and highly appreciative to WP-- the incredible women’s movement for selecting me. I am still basking in euphoria!