My nomination: Encourager

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted December 11, 2019 from India

My first nomination for the Encourager category is the lovely Jill Langhus-Griffin. 

I had the opportunity to "meet" Jill on World Pulse through a generous comment she left behind on one of my early articles around Saahas, the app I was coding while an Impact Leader with World Pulse in 2017. At first, what struck me was this unconditional generosity and love she sent my way, and it hit me like a beautiful wave of peaceful calm amidst what was a confusing time. She gave me the strength I needed to push forth and to brave the odds, and create that piece of technology that my mind was willing to build, though my knowledge seemed limited.

Since then, Jill and I had the opportunity to interact on World Pulse, and slowly, on Facebook. Her generosity truly knows no bounds, because between responding to my posts on World Pulse and constantly sending me love and encouragement online, she is also constantly building these powerful roads of support for many, many women around the world. I’m sure if you run a search on World Pulse with her name, you’ll find her comments of encouragement for nearly every post on the platform. I don’t know how she does it, truly, to be able to read and to respond – NOT JUST REACT, MIND YOU – so substantively on each post, and to do with love, it’s not easy.

To me, Jill is the dictionary definition of encourager. If World Pulse created space for sisters to be encouragers, life built Jill as a personification of that very iconic emotion. She is unconditional, filled with generosity, and ever so giving. Jill is truly invested in lifting up everyone around her, listens with empathy and without judgment, is incredibly trustworthy, and is passionate, beyond doubt, about making a difference. If Jill wins this, you can hear the loudest applause from my room.

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Aw, Kirthi Love... you have no idea how much this means to me. You totally made my day, week, month:-) You're easily one of the sweetest, most intelligent people I know. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. I will save this post and cherish it forever.

FYI, though, Karen and I are unable to receive awards because the World Pulse team has informed us (the judges) that as part of the extended team and as judges for the awards, we are not eligible for awards and we aren’t able to nominate others, unfortunately.

Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Sweet Jill, no day in my life with World Pulse is complete without you in it. <3 I'm sorry you are not eligible to receive awards, but in my heart, you are the beacon of what this award stands for <3

Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Wow... you're too kind:-) Thank you, dear, for your empathy. Your words mean a lot, and I shall always remember them.

XX

Anita Shrestha
Dec 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019

THank you for shaing

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

What a beautiful post for our dear, Jill. I agree she truly deserves the nomination. She was the first woman I thought of when the Spirit Awards were announced. Thank you for writing this, dear Kirthi. The encourager needs to be encouraged from time to time. :)

maeann
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you for nominating Jill as an Encourager. She indeed has the World Pulse Spirit.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Dec 23, 2019
Dec 23, 2019

Thank you Kirthi. You have truly described her so well.

leila Kigha
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

I totally agree with you. Jill is a gem. She encourages at every level.

Qurratulayn Khan
Dec 29, 2019
Dec 29, 2019

Hi dear,
Indeed she has stunning personality and eligible too.
regards

Chinyere Kalu
Jan 12
Jan 12

Jill is certainly an angel in human for. Always willing to help you take the next step in life. Never tired of one's numerous messages and always ready to share connections when and where needed.If she wins, i will celebrate with a bottle of chilled Coke.
Thanks for your nomination Kirthi!