"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." – Coretta Scott King
Today, I got an email notification from LinkedIn that Dr. Sam Collins, CEO and Founder of Aspire, tagged me on her post announcing the speakers of Aspire Reinvent Conference on October 14-15, 2020.
It was a collage of fifteen photos, including Dr. Collins. I'm the only one wearing a cap, but it's not just any cap. It's a World Pulse cap.
I thought there were hundreds of speakers for Aspire. That means if organizers will post the speakers, I would have less exposure. I would just blend in.
But fifteen? Only fifteen? That makes my heart race. I almost fainted.
My first thought, " What have I gotten myself into?".
When I applied as a speaker, I didn't really expect to be selected. I even told Dr. Collins during the selection process that I was just testing the waters if conferences like Aspire would entertain the idea of having Encouragement as a topic. It turns out they do.
When World Pulse invited me to become an Encourager Advisor, something inside me stirred up. I suddenly got that inexplicable boldness to speak about encouragement.
That's why more than a new role, I embraced encouraging as a calling, a personal mandate from God. Thus, this idea was born.
This is my first International speaking engagement outside World Pulse. When one gets breakthroughs like this, I can't help but look back.
As I always say, it all began with one story on World Pulse.
That one story led to more stories because of the presence of Encouragers. Since then, I have formed connections. I have learned valuable lessons from other sisters' journey. I have become braver than ever.
Although I feel nervous about this upcoming conference, I also feel confident at the same time because I know that I have my World Pulse sisters cheering me on. I may be alone as I speak about Encouragement, but I will carry your invisible support there.
I'm happy that the organizers choose the photo of me wearing a World Pulse cap. It symbolizes the loving sisterhood that builds me up. This was the same photo I took in support of Sister Arrey's Sickle Cell Campaign.
Today, I want to say thank you to the World Pulse Team and World Pulse Community for walking alongside me since Day 1; for lifting me up during the moments I am down; for praising the things I do; for caring enough; and for encouraging me through all these years.
Thank you for your kindness, love, support, and acceptance. It is my joy that more and more sisters will have their breakthrough stories soon.
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller
*MABUHAY KA, World Pulse!
*Long Live, World Pulse!