A Letter Of Gratitude To the World Pulse Sisterhood (A Community of Encouragers)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted October 29, 2020 from Philippines
Sunflowers turn to each other when clouds hide the sun.

Dear World Pulse Sisters,

Thank you for the love, support, and encouragement you showed Hawwah and me at the Aspire Reinvent Conference last October 14-15, 2020. 

From the time I announced that I will be one of the speakers to my preparation period to my Aspire speaking schedule, you were there! 

As I mentioned before, when I applied as a speaker, I didn't expect to be shortlisted nor be chosen as one of the speakers. All I did was share an idea: A Revolution of Encouragers.  

When I received the news that I was one of the speakers, I didn't expect that there will be World Pulse sisters who would attend the conference.  A shoutout of thanks to our beloved Jill Langhus for promoting the event on World Pulse and Facebook and for securing 100 passes for World Pulse! Thanks to Dawn Arteaga, too, for reaching out to the Aspire Organizers to grant speakers free passes (since we were not paid to do the talk). 

It's my joy that World Pulse sisters could attend to learn from the other speakers and to expand their networks. What I didn't expect was the all-out support you showed when it was my time to speak. Days and hours (and even minutes!) before my talk, I received a flood of messages from the World Pulse team, World Pulse Ambassadors, and Encouragers. 

It was already close to 2AM in our country when I finally got to speak. A special shout of thanks to World Pulse sisters from India, Philippines, and especially Australia for staying up late (or early?). I couldn't see anyone while I was talking, and I wasn't able to open the Zoom chat messages. I only knew after my talk that a lot of our World Pulse sisters were actually there!

You have given us a precious gift: YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to every sister who showed support, gave encouragement, offered help, cheered us on, said a prayer, helped promote, and God knows what else you did to make our Aspire Reinvent talk a SUCCESS! There are so many of you! Just thinking about how much you went out of your way to make Hawwah and I feel heard, seen, and celebrated means so much!

It was you I had in mind, dear sisters, when I mentioned these words,

"An African Proverb says, 'it takes a village to raise a child'. I say it takes a COMMUNITY OF ENCOURAGERS to heal a traumatized woman. It takes a COMMUNITY OF ENCOURAGERS to empower a silenced woman!"

I cannot be convinced otherwise.

I was once that quiet child who was too afraid to utter a word; who from my teenage years battled recurrent depression, and who found comfort by hiding inside my shell. I silently dealt with triggers caused by series of traumatic events that got worse through time. Prayers and journaling helped, but it was through sharing my stories on World Pulse and receiving encouragement that I found confidence in my abilities, and eventually learned to process healing.

Thank you, Encouragers. You are a huge part of my Aspire breakthrough and my reinvented life as a whole.

A few hours before my talk, one speaker took a poll of how the participants feel about themselves. There were a lot of choices: I am happy, I am worthy, I am enough, I am getting there, I am not enough, and so on. I chose, "I am happy" because I feel the World Pulse love across shores and timezones. I thought the majority would answer the same, but the top answer was, "I am not enough".

Come to think of it, Aspire was a gathering of women leaders, CEO, business owners, artists, authors, and other powerful positions you can think of, but the majority feels, "I am not enough". Oh, how society succeeded in breaking us! I used to be that woman, but between the feeling of not enough and being happy, even in downtrodden times, I know today I AM HAPPY. It's because I belong to a community of encouragers.

As I said in my speech, studies show that we can retrain our brains to be happy, and one of the activities we need to do is offer a random act of kindness every day. In that study, researchers asked participants to send someone a positive message. Or in our definition, a message of encouragement. DAILY.

For someone who battled with extreme loneliness, hopelessness, and helplessness (depression), to finally say I AM HAPPY with peace in my mind and heart is a huge breakthrough! In fact, this is not happiness, this is JOY.

Truly, a woman needs more than one encourager, but a community of encouragers.  I'm grateful that more sisters are uplifting women on World Pulse. 

Let us continue to help women feel heard, seen, and valued. Let us normalize encouraging and start a revolution of encouragement!

Thank you again and again and again and a thousand times more, World Pulse sisters. Let's keep healing more women through the power of encouragement! Let's invite more women to become encouragers!

Much love,

Karen

P.S.I treasure the solidarity of the World Pulse sisterhood. Another Aspire event will take place in December, this time our sister Busayo Obisakin is one of the speakers! Let's hope and pray Aspire will grant us free passes so we can cheer on her as you did for Hawwah and me. 

P.P.S.There are a lot of challenges we face today, especially those in Africa, this is the best time to show up and encourage one another. Please join us tomorrow, October 30, 2020, at our Encourager Party, 2PM UTC.

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Amanda Obidike
Oct 29
Oct 29

Thank you so much, Karen. I had a great time yesterday.
The shared stories were uplifting. I also appreciate Hawwah for sharing hers and how she has been able to navigate through amidst challenges. She shows strength, positivity and a woman of Hope.
Looking forward to the next meeting.

It is my please, sis Amanda. I am rooting for you on your nomination! I hope you get the needed votes to win.*crossing fingers and praying*

Yes, Hawwah's story is surely an inspiration. It was a lovely moment of vulnerability for her, but I would want to give her the honor to tell her Aspire story when she finds the time to write about it. :)

I hope you can join us tomorrow at the Encourager Party, October 30, 2020, 2PM UTC. Here are the links:https://bit.ly/EncouragerParty
http://bit.ly/EncouragerPartyTimezones

Andrace
Oct 30
Oct 30

I voted! We'll ace this too dv. Go for gold, Sis. Super proud of you!

Hugs,
E. J!

maeann
Oct 29
Oct 29

Helo Karen :) how are you?

All our support goes with you also with Hawwa :) I am so proud of you, not only as a World Pulse but as well as raising the flag of the Philippines :) that we are not only had a passion for our work but as well we have the desire to share our stories from our hearts, it takes only courage.

You spoke from your heart. We listened and watched you together with my husband. We support you all the way!

Every story of a woman has a purpose and that purpose brings inspiration. Only you can tell your story! You have raised your voice for us to hear from you, and we heard you :)

Hello, dear Mae Ann,

I already signed up as a speaker at World Pulse Ph webinar series. I plan to talk about the same topic I shared on Aspire. This time I can relax more because I can speak brokenTagalog.haha.

Thank you, dear sister. I would say it was the grace of God and the energetic support from all of you that made it a success! I'm so honored. I pray that you will have the same opportunity and it will be my turn, together with the World Pulse sisters, to cheer you on!

The Aspire this December will be Busayo's turn! Yey!

Please send hello to your loving husband. Thank you for watching together with him. See at the Thriving Thursday later and at the Encourager Party tomorrow.

Millynairi
Oct 30
Oct 30

Dear Karen,
The event was just awesome and I am glad I attended and learnt so much from the speakers. Yes, we are grateful for the free passes which made it possible for many of us to attend.
Karen, you spoke so so well! It was so good to see many World pulse sisters at the event.

Hello, dear sis Milly,

I'm glad you learned a lot from the speakers and expanded your network. It's our pleasure, dear sis. We are all in this together. Thank you for your kind words. I haven't watched the recording yet. I think the support of the World Pulse sisters helped pump up my energy at that event. But above all, sis, I give back the glory to God because He is our First Encourager. :)

Nini Mappo
Oct 30
Oct 30

Karen, you were liiiit!! I saw you in a fresh light during your presentation, how invested you are to encourage and build others up, how much you understand the need and urgency, and your vision to include as many others into the joy of encouraging. Your radiance and passion I was like 'Yaay, I know that girl,!!'
I was super proud of you, still am, and glad to know you and to be inspired by your spirit :)

Hello, Nini Love,

Thank you so much for being there even at the last minute before I gave my speech. My memory of you and your supportive messages and prayers are so vivid until now. You surely know that I wasn't on my own strength at that time. So I give back the glory to God. Thank you so much! "Come hell or high water, we're going to Rome!"

Jill Langhus
Oct 30
Oct 30

Thanks for the shoutout, Karen! Appreciate it! I'm glad you rose to the challenge and aced it!

I want to see what your next goal is, after you rocked this one!!

XX

Andrace
Oct 30
Oct 30

Thank you for all you do, Jill. Those guest passes and promotion on World Pulse went all the way. Yaaaayyyyyy!!!! :)

Hugs,
E. J.

Jill Langhus
Oct 31
Oct 31

You're welcome, dear. Thanks for the acknowledgement! I appreciate it:-)

I'm glad you enjoyed it. You may want to attend the next one, too. I'm about to post it on the Resources page again.

Hope you have a good, safe weekend. XX

Andrace
Oct 31
Oct 31

Same, Sis! :)

Hugs,
E. J.

Jill Langhus
Nov 02
Nov 02

Let me know if you want a pass for the December Resolve event, dear?

Andrace
Nov 02
Nov 02

Sure, Sis! :) Thank you. I'd like to invite my sister, since I already have a pass for the Resolve event through the scholarship application I made.

God's blessings always,
E. J.

Jill Langhus
Nov 04
Nov 04

If you got the scholarship you should have an additional pass for your sister, dear. They give everyone a guest pass that's attending. You didn't get one?

Andrace
Nov 04
Nov 04

Yeah, thanks Jill. I received a mail at midnight from the Aspire Team granting me guest passes. Hence, this request has now been overtaken by events.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Jill Langhus
Nov 06
Nov 06

You're welcome. Thanks for updating me.

Hope you and your sister enjoy the event:-) XX

Hello, JLo,

Wow. It took me a while to respond to the comments here. You're welcome, dear. Thank you for your all out support! Well, I am writing a book, and I will be posting videos on my YouTube channel soon. Small brave steps at a time. :)

Jill Langhus
Nov 18
Nov 18

Hello Kaye:-)

That's okay. I know you have a lot going on. You're very welcome!

Great! Looking forward to seeing them! Yes! Don't be the thing that holds you back:-)

XX

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 30
Oct 30

Hello dear Sunflower,
How are you doing today?
I hope you are well and rested too.
It was indeed a very special moment of love and encouragement.
I also hope we could be able to be there to cheer Sis Busayo on.
Encouragement feeds the mind and soul and gives us the push to keep going.
It's importance can not be over emphasized. See you soon and thank you for all you do to encourage.
And to the amazing world pulse support team, you all rock.

Hello, darling Red Rose,

I am glad to say I am doing well today. It took me a while to respond here. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, sis. I am so happy that the next Aspire (Un)Conference will be more inclusive. Isn't that amazing? I'm so happy that they are listening.

Thank you, too, for giving a portion of your time to encourage our sisters here. Yes, the World Pulse Team is truly amazing. They work so hard to make everything happen. :D You rock, too!

UCHE LIN
Oct 30
Oct 30

That's was awesome Karen! Keep up the good work. You don't know the extra phenomenal grace your words of encouraging could heal the broken heartened, Depressed souls especially souls that has been pushed to the wall and that could not be far fetched. We need more than encouraging words, the love for one another will do the magic and wonders! This is what World pulse sisters are here for...We got your back and love your support system.

Hello, dear Uche Lin,

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, sis, those who are broken and depressed need more encouragement. We're all in this together because it takes a community of encouragers to empower another sister. :) Keep up the awesome work you began!

Marie Abanga
Oct 30
Oct 30

Awwwwwwwwwwww dear Kaye,

Thank you so much for galvanizing encouraging others this way. The party today was also a first and lit one for me.
So much light and love,
Marie

Thank you for pumping up last month's Encourager Party with your presence, dear Marie. You did dress up for the celebration. I hope to see you next week! Keep shining!

Andrace
Oct 30
Oct 30

Hi Kaye,
We're truly stronger together. Like all my sweet sisters mentioned already, I enjoyed everything. 'Nice listening to your inspiring piece and seeing your lovely face. Thumbs up to your hubby for his consistent support.

We're all so proud of you and Hawwah. The sweet memories of the conference would remain in our hearts forever. Congratulations to Sis. Busayo too. December is around the corner already. 'Happy I belong to this dynamic community of Amazons! :)

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Hello, my sister E.J.,

Yes, we are stronger together. It is truly a momentous experience when women come together to encourage and empower each other. Thank you for appreciating my husband. :)

Awww. Thank you again. We will create more meaningful moments at the upcoming Aspire conference. I look forward to the day when it's your turn to be the speaker, sis. You who are the expert in the field of public relations are more experienced in speaking than I am. :D

Yes, this is indeed a tribe of Amazons. You're comfortable here simply because you are an Amazon yourself.

Love and hugs!

Anne-Chantal
Nov 01
Nov 01

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. We love you sis and you were fabulous. We all need encouragers. Even God says soft words are better than harsh ones . I think that tells us how encouraging words can help revive a broken spirit.
Thank you my role model encourager!!

Yes, dear sis Anne-Chantal, God has given us the gift of encouragement. I hope we can find more encouragers so they will be more women who feel seen, heard, and valued.

Awww. You're so sweet, love. :)

Anne-Chantal
Nov 20
Nov 20

I so pray we do. It will hep lots of persons and reduce the ever growing rates suicide and dismay filling people in the world today.
Big hugs

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Nov 03
Nov 03

Dear sis Karen,
it a blessed way from of to you to say we appreciate you for caring, sharing and honoring us as well! Our time is valuable and because we value and treasure women it's a natural duty. When you love what you advocate for and that is Women, girls and humanity affairs it's a gift from the Omnipotent source and we are grateful for that and the World Pulse sisterhood internationally. Your words many of us there could relate to and it provided a healing remedy to the ears. #wesaythankyou! I leave you with this another African proverb from Egypt,
Examine what is said, not him who speaks. ~ Egyptian Proverb
all my best,
Mama Queen

Hello, Mama Queen,

What beautiful words! Thank you so much! It was such a humbling experience for me, and I'm truly honored that women like you are here to encourage one another. Thank you for your uplifting words and the Egyptian Proverb. Stay awesome!

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Nov 18
Nov 18

Thanks tons dear Sis, we are here for each other and we look onward to learn and grow.
Stay blessed , sending hugs from Queen Sheba,
Mama Queen

Urmila Chanam
Nov 03
Nov 03

Dearest sister Karen,
Thank you for this wonderful dedication to encouragers, sisters who care and provide the spring of friendship, empathy, support and love. You are one such sister for all of us.
Love and hugs from India,
Urmila Chanam

Hello, sis Urmila, thank you for your loving message. It brings me joy that I can use words to uplift our sisters just as how you have been with me. I will always remember how you encourage me from the time I was a new member of World Pulse until today. Thank you so much!

ANJ ANA
Nov 03
Nov 03

Oh my dearest sunflower, I love you and i am truly inspired with your great heart. Please do keep it up and inspire the world. Lets be sunflower to each other <3 <3 .

Hello, my sister sunflower Anjana, you inspire me as well more than you know. :) Thank you for your kind words. Yes, let us bloom as sunflowers! It's so great to see you having sunflower backgrounds during Zoom meetings. It is so encouraging!

Evelyn Fonkem
Nov 04
Nov 04

Thanks Karen and to all the World Pulse Sisters for uplifting others .

Thank you, too, sis Evelyn, for encouraging me, especially when I was still a new member of World Pulse. Keep up the great work.

Steph L
Nov 23
Nov 23

Congratulations Karen, very happy for you.

Thank you, Steph! Nice to hear from you. :D