I came across a viral social media meme for parenting that says:
What if "Stop Crying" turned to "I'm listening" for an entire generation?
It is a provocative sentence on raising children.
How many of us were not allowed to cry when we were children?
How many of us developed an autopilot to conceal our emotions?
How many of us apologized simply because we allowed ourselves to cry?
However, we can use this statement for women, too.
How many women were told to "stop crying", " stop complaining", "stop whining" by society, by perpetrators, and even by well-meaning loved ones?
How many of us hide ourselves and silently wipe our tears because no one cares?
What if these social systems tell us, "I'm listening" instead?
Imagine what kind of world women live today if an entire generation simply listened.
This is why we have World Pulse. This safe online space is here so women feel heard, and it is the encouragers who tell us, "we're listening".
Women who are telling their stories are brave, but so are encouragers.
It takes a lot of courage, time, and vulnerability for World Pulse sisters to write their stories. By the time they click "Publish", they wait and wonder if their story is worth reading, if their achievement is worth celebrating, or if their struggle is worth hearing.
When encouragers write a thoughtful comment, it validates the storyteller, " I am seen. I am heard. I am enough. I am valued as a woman."
The storyteller then feels empowered to face life's battles because this time someone cares and she no longer feels alone. She becomes confident in pursuing growth and development, not just for herself, but for her family, community, and country.
This is the impact of encouragers showing up to make women feel heard. I know so because I am also that "she".
Michelle Obama said, "The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued."
When you encourage a woman, she feels valued and her community thrives greatly because of her.
Today, I want to honor the encouragers in World Pulse, to appreciate you for showing up, and to affirm you that you are making a difference.
To World Pulse encouragers, new and old, active and not-so-active, please receive my heartfelt thank you. Know that you are making an impact to women in the world.
To every encourager who allots a portion of her precious time to uplift our sisters;
To every encourager who only owns a mobile phone;
To every encourager who has slow and intermittent internet connection;
To every encourager who is still processing their healing caused by personal trauma;
To every encourager who is facing trials or troubles;
To every encourager who is juggling numerous activities;
To every encourager who is dealing with mental health issues;
To every encourager with physical disabilities and health problems;
To every encourager raising children, especially those with special needs;
To every encourager who is vulnerable to war conflict, disasters, gender-based violence, and coronavirus;
We see you, too. We feel your presence. We appreciate you. We are grateful for your courage, compassion, and commitment.
It may seem that leaving kind words is not a big deal, but the truth is you are partakers of this collective healing and transformative journey of women. You are warriors in the battlefield, too, because you are cycle breakers.
I hope every time you log on in World Pulse to encourage our storytellers, even when you're just sitting inside your home, consider that you are in a mission. This mission is to be among the trailblazers in this generation who will turn "stop crying" to "I'm listening" for women.
Together, arms linked, let us start a Revolution of Encouragers.
Let us build an army of encouragers and, together, let us witness how women transform the world!
Join the Encourager Team:https://www.worldpulse.com/world-pulse-leaders/encouragers
Sidenote: I got the idea of Log On, Lift Up from our wonderful World Pulse Director of Community Engagement Dawn Arteaga.