A Song for You, Dear World Pulse Sisters

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted December 10, 2019 from Philippines
When the Pawn is Brave Enough to Be Queen. (Image from the Internet)

Dear World Pulse sisters,

I am sharing this song with you, especially to those who are tired of being used by other people or those who are still recovering from abusive relationships. 

This song resonates with me so much.

I am not a singer, but I like music, and music makes me sing. This song, It's My Turn, is a classic by Diana Ross. I began to listen to this attentively in 2017. Even when the key is too high for me, I kept singing (or lipsynching?)  this song as I claimed that one day it will be my turn.

My turn to speak up, my turn to own my story, my turn to put my needs first before sacrificing my energy for others, my turn to stop pleasing people, and so on.

The memory is still fresh when I sang this song in karaoke during my father's birthday in November 2017. Little did I know that I will be attracting this declaration in my life. I was so oblivious that exactly thirty days after singing this song, my family and I would be facing a supertyphoon. We survived, and I wrote that incident as my first World Pulse post.

Oh, what a turn of events (pun intended), I signed up as an Encourager, then become a Featured Storyteller. I will be celebrating my two years in World Pulse this month. In these two years, I could really say I had my turn. I won two more Featured Storyteller Awards on World Pulse, then became an Ambassador, then now an Encourager Mentor. Amazing!

I feel so honored for the opportunity to send encouragement to our sisters all over the world. I feel humbled to be working with Mae Ann, another World Pulse Ambassador from the Philippines as we build our World Pulse Philippines Facebook Group. I never thought a time would come that I will be an instrument to mentor, to uplift, to praise, and to encourage women both here and abroad. Now that I have my turn, I resolve to be who I needed to be when I was silenced, excluded, and unheard. 

How powerful a song can be to shift a mindset: that we can walk away from abusive relationships; that we can start from number one; that we can reclaim our stories; that we can process our healing: and that we can plan for great future.

Twenty days from now, the year is about to end. A new decade is coming. It's a great time for reflection and even to finish this decade strong.

I offer you this song, dear sisters. To those who feel stuck and lost at the moment, believe that you can have your turn, too. Your future is better than the past because you have the power to make it so. I love you all. Hope you like this song.

Thank you so much, World Pulse, for walking alongside me in my two years' journey with you. You are a blessing from Above. 

 

IT'S MY TURN

I can't cover up my feelings In the name of love

Or play it safe For a while that was easy

And if living for myself Is what I'm guilty of

Go on and sentence me I'll still be free

 

It's my turn

To see what I can see

I hope you'll understand

This time's just for me

Because it's my turn

With no apologies

I've given up the truth

To those I've tried to please

 

But now it's my turn

If I don't have all the answers

At least I know I'll take my share of chances

Ain't no use of holding on

When nothing stays the same

 

So I'll let it rain

'Cause the rain ain't gonna hurt me

And I'll let you go '

Though I know it won't be easy

It's my turn

With no more room for lies

For years I'd seen my life

Through someone else's eyes

 

And now it's my turn

To try and find my way

And if I should get lost

At least I'll own today

It's my turn

Yes, it's my turn

And there ain't no use in holding on

When nothing stays the same

So I'll let it rain

'Cause the rain ain't gonna hurt me

And I'll let you go

'Though I know it won't be easy

It's my turn

To see what I can see I hope you'll understand

This time's just for me

Because it's my turn

To turn and say good-bye

I sure would like to know

That you're still on my side

Because it's my turn It's my turn

It's my turn

To start from number one

Trying to undo

Some damage that's been done

But now it's my turn

To reach and touch the sky

No one's gonna say

At least I didn't try

It's my turn

Yes, it's my turn

It's my turn

It's my turn

It's my turn

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Minakshib
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Nice work didi and nice song

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Hello, dear, Minakshib,

Thank you for reading and appreciating! Hope you have a great day.

Anita Shrestha
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

very good song dear

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you, love. :)

Akshaya9
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Hello Kaye :-)

Congrats of what you received award in world pulse, i know you can make it :-). Ikaw pa, I'm so proud of you kaye.
I'm also going to 1yr here next year, so fast the day's without knowing I'm already so long as a member here.

Lablab kaye

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you, dear Jack. Kaya pud nimo na ba. Pwede ra taka tabangan.

Yey! Advance happy 1st anniversary! Enjoy your World Pulse journey. Hoping for the best for you coz it’s your turn!

Akshaya9
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Your welcome Kaye :-).
Thank you for advance greetings.

Hugs

Tarke Edith
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Woa Karen
Thanks alot sister for this wonderful song to your own dear sisters on world pulse
Yes sis it is your turn and our turn also.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hello, dear sis Edith,

You’re welcome. Yes, I want it to be your turn, your turn to receive whatever you want in life because you can make it! Claim it now, dear. Hugs!

Thanks for the encouragement!

Jane
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Oh my sister Karen, this is so beautiful and and so like you with your forever beautiful words of encouragement. You motivate and make someone feels worthy. Thank you for your beautiful song. Touched for life

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hello, dear sis Jane,

I commend you for being an active encourager these days! Thank you for your time given that you have a hectic schedule.

I’m glad you love the song. It’s your turn, dear! Write that book/memoir and explore more possibilities because it’s your turn!

Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hello Dear Karen,

Thanks for sharing... how is it only 2 years that you've been on World Pulse?! I feel like I've known you so long... wow! You've come so far. I wish I could get the video to work:-( Oh, well. No matter. I'm glad that you sing and do karaoke, even though you don't think you're a good singer. I better you're better than you think:-) Anyway, I hope you stay and continue to share your lovely stories, impactful posts and, of course, all your beautiful love and encouragement for many, many years to come:-) XX

P.S. Can I call you "Kaye" from now on? It seems so much more fitting and loving...ha:-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hello, Jill,

Yes, I wrote my first post on December 30 or 31, 2017.

Ohh. We did maximize our exchange of emails and those were/are precious experiences for me in World Pulse. It is such an honor to be mentored by no less than you when it comes to encouraging our sisters. Thank you so much, Jill. You’re a huge part of my journey here. Hmm. It now sounds like a nomination for the #SpiritsAwards. LOL. But of course, you know I’d nominate you without a doubt.

Oh, so the video doesn’t work. Haha. We’ll singing in a karaoke is a Filipino past time. If you didn’t know, Filipinos are great singers, except for me. *sigh*

I’m gonna take voice lessons in the future.haha.

Thanks for your encouragement again and again, Jill!

Sure, you may call me “Kaye”, everyone who knows me does except on World Pulse.

Have a great weekend, dear!

Jill Langhus
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

Oh, wow!

Yes, we did:-) Aw, you're always so sweet! Thank you, dear! You're very welcome.

I'm glad you were my "student," but you know I never saw you that way. I just helped to encourage you to blossom more as you were definitely ready.

I wish I could nominate you, too!

Yeah, I'm not convinced. Let's see a video:-) Voice lessons would be fun. I didn't know it was a favorite pass time. I like karaoke... well, in theory... I get pretty nervous because of the fear of being judged and the perfectionism streak... ha:-)

You're so welcome. Thank you, too, for always being there for me, too:-)

Yay! Kaye, it is. It sounds so much more friendly and sisterly. I was going to say "intimate" but it seems a little odd...ha:-)

Thanks, you, too!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Thank you, and you're welcome, too, Jill.

You set a good example of what encouragement should look like, and it was an "aha!" moment for me.

Hahaha. Oh, no, no. We usually joke here that when someone who is not good in singing sings, it will rain. So when I sing, it pours.haha.

Ohhh. That's nice to know. Yes, people who are close to me know me as Kaye. I hated the name Karen for years.haha.

Thanks again!

Jill Langhus
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

Thank you very much. What was the "aha!" moment?

Still not convinced on the singing:-)

I hear you on not liking your name. I wish I had a nickname:-) I was known as Pixie JLo for awhile at Hay House, but it didn't stick...ha:)

You're welcome, dear!

XX

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

That encouraging comes from the heart, and not just empty words or "vanilla" comments.haha.

Hahaha. Philippines is a country with great singers, Jill, and I definitely didn't belong to that group.

Wow, Pixie JLo. That's hot or cool.haha. JLo like Jennifer Lopez?

Jill Langhus
Dec 18, 2019
Dec 18, 2019

Oh, I see...ha:-)

Okay. If you say so. How about you send me a video:-)

Yes, like Jennifer Lopez. I suppose Jla would be more appropriate but doesn't sound nearly as good:-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

Hahaha. No, that’s too embarrassing, JLo. Which one do you prefer?

Jill Langhus
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

I prefer Jlo. I prefer to be a mult-talented, sultry vixen:-)

XX

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019

Suits you well, JLo! Let’s get loud!

Jill Langhus
Dec 21, 2019
Dec 21, 2019

Thank you:-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 23, 2019

You’re welcome, dear!

Jill Langhus
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 23, 2019

XX

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Dear Karen,
You have embodied the spirit of World Pulse here as you lay out all that you have been through, how you found your voice and your Self, and inviting all of us to raise our voices together, find our strength and join with each other on this work to end all violence. We are all the stronger to witness the hurdles we have each climbed over, and we continue to grow as sister like you encourage women just beginning to find her voice and realize her worth.
much love,
Tam

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hello, beloved Tam,

It is always a joy to read an encouragement from you. Thank you for your words of love, support, and appreciation. Yes, we can do so much when we are together.

May our new sisters find their voices, too!

Asaad Ali
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019

Woow amazing song even for me as a man i like it .
Thank you sister karen .

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you for appreciating, dear Asaad. Yes, claim it! It can be your turn, too!

Asaad Ali
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Ofcourse ..
You are welcome sister Karen

maeann
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

oh wow na lss na ako sa kanta hehehe

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hahaha! Sis, Claim it. It’s your turn na naman! Thanks for dropping a comment! See you online tom!

Adriana Greenblatt
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing dear Karen this song connects me to that inner power and the “I am connected, we are powerful” feeling and mantra. You inspired me to share the song and lyrics to a song by a Quebecois musician I am listening to right now! I shared just now on Facebook but here is the video link! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vTu2tPyWp2w

Hugs!
Adriana

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

The pleasure it mine, dear Adriana. Thanks for appreciating. Yes, we are powerful together.

Thanks for sharing this lovely song, too. It's French. I wish I understand the lyrics.

Hugs, too, dear.

Adriana Greenblatt
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Hi dear! I just posted it today on facebook and just tagged you! You can see the video there and Below is a loose translation of the lyrics:!
Hugs!
Adriana

Tout le monde en même temps -
Everybody All At Once

If we swept away the dust,
Standing facing the wind,
Would we get our bearings again?

But where are the rules of the game
So we can burn them?

If we came out of our den
Long before springtime,
Would we discover there's more light?

But where are the rules of the game
So we can burn them?

We're playing solitaire,
Everybody all at once.

If we threw our hands up in the air
When we saw the amount,
Would that make the cashier laugh?

But where are the rules of the game
So we can burn them?

We're playing solitaire,
Everybody all at once.

And if everybody all at once
Opened their window,
We could swallow up the storm.

And if everybody all at once
Put a muzzle on war
By kissing under covered bridges...

If we all decided to do that...

If we took a step back
To gather our momentum,
Would we avoid the crater?
But where are the rules of the game
So we can burn them?

We're playing solitaire,
Everybody all at once.

And if everybody all at once
Liked Jupiter,
We would all be a lot less down to earth.

And if everybody all at once
Shook hands,
The weather would be beautiful tomorrow morning.

And if everybody all at once
Quit contemplating their navel,
That would get rid of a lot of "Ifs."

If you took me in your arms,
If I told you why not,
We could start with that.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Thank you for the tag on Facebook, dear. It's so sweet of you to think of me when you listened to this song. It's powerful, really! Cheers to us!