My Pockets of Hope

Paulina Nayra
Posted January 16, 2020 from Philippines
Angelee and MJ
My sources of joy Angelee, 5 years old and Maria Juanna, 3 years old, who give me reasons to be hopeful.

Hope is a choice in these trying times. I find hope in every seed that grows to bloom into a mature plant that can produce a stalk, stem or fruit with seeds that can be planted again. I find hope in farmers who continue to till the soil even with the changing of the seasons because theirs is a faith unwavering that nature will nourish them. 

I find hope in young people  who decide to speak up on the reality of  climate change, issues that  adult decision makers and powerful politicians avoid. I found more hope when hundreds of girls and boys went out of their homes and classrooms to protest against the insensitivity and inaction of governments  on climate emergency. 

I find hope in every woman who stands with other women to claim their safe spaces, to earn a decent income, to change unjust laws or seek a political position. I find hope in every man who speak up against violence against women and to stop all forms of discrimination against women. 

I find hope in grassroots community leaders, both women and men, who, despite their limited financial capabilities, tirelessly articulate the needs and aspirations  and seek support for projects that will benefit their members and communities.

 I find hope in volunteers,  young and old who unselfishly devote their time in rescue and relief operations and those who share their blessings to victims of calamities and disasters. 

I find hope in human rights defenders and activists who courageously speak truth to power risking their lives and liberty and to journalists who continue to hold the line against authoritarian governments.  

And recently, I found hope in the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, the law authorizing the US government which applies globally to sanction those who it sees as human rights abusers, kleptocrats and corrupt actors by  freezing their assets  under US jurisdiction and banning them from entering the United States.  I hope that with the passage of similar  Magnitsky Act  in Estonia, United Kingdom, Lithuania and Latvia and those under legislation in the European Union and Australia, this will tame the greed of corrupt government officials who abuse their power to silence human rights activists and steal government resources to enrich their families and perpetuate  themselves in power. 

And finally, I find hope and courage from the stories and work  of our  World Pulse sisters  from all over the world so that my little girls, Angelee and Maria Juanna and all other children, will thrive in  a free, safe and compassionate world. 

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 16
Jan 16

Dear Sis
Thank you for sharing

Paulina Nayra
Jan 16
Jan 16

Always welcome Anita. How are you?

maeann
Jan 16
Jan 16

I am hoping what you hope for Ate Paulina... Thank you for continually hoping for every one of us.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 16
Jan 16

You’re one of my sources of hope young sis Mae Ann. Let’s hold on to each other so we’ll never lose hope.

maeann
Jan 18
Jan 18

young talaga Ate Paulina :) thanks much

Hello, Ate Pauline,

This is such a heartfelt, beautiful piece of writing, I'm tearing up. Our country is definitely in its trying times so I love that you find hope on those you've enumerated above. I love your little girls. They are so adorable and probably your miniMes? They are so blessed to have you as a grandma.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Ate Pauline. This added hope in my heart, too! What an encouragement.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 17
Jan 17

We’ll we have no choice but to hope and keep the faith in humanity. Hugggs and see you soon!

Lisbeth
Jan 17
Jan 17

Dear Aunty Paulina,
Thanks for sharing your post what gives you hope. HOPE certainly is our anchor. Without hope we loss it. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend.
Greetings

Paulina Nayra
Jan 17
Jan 17

Hope you are well, too. Have a happy weekend.

Lisbeth
Jan 17
Jan 17

Yes I am, thanks.

lizzymark
Jan 17
Jan 17

Beautiful areas of hope and that is all about life. Hope keeps us going and meeting more hope as we go each day every step of the way. Thanks for shearing sister.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 17
Jan 17

You are welcome Lizzymark. We can always find reasons to be hopeful.

Chinyere Kalu
Jan 17
Jan 17

Hope is what keeps most people alive.
Thanks for sharing!

Paulina Nayra
Jan 17
Jan 17

Yes, indeed. Huggs.

Lenina Rassool
Jan 17
Jan 17

What a wonderful, hopeful piece. Thank you Paulina for giving us all hope. x

Paulina Nayra
Jan 17
Jan 17

Always welcome. and thank you, too for taking the time to read this humble contribution.

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 18
Jan 18

Dear Paulina,
Thank you for this special story on all that gives you hope. We are up against so much, and it can wear us down, if we do not take time to remember all that gives us hope. I love your list. And like you, it is my World Pulse sisters who are the glorious finale.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 19
Jan 19

I fully agree with you Tam. Because our World Pulse sisters listen and encourage us. Long live the sisterhood!

Urmila Chanam
Jan 19
Jan 19

Dear sister Paulina,
Thank you for educating me on the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and its objective. Corruption and inequal distribution of wealth and resources is now gone beyond the national government control and such international measures can go a long way in setting a good precendence for others. Thank you for writing my sister and hope you will write more in 2020 so we can read and get informed more on different aspects.
Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam,
India

Paulina Nayra
Jan 24
Jan 24

Dear Sis Urmila,
Unfortunately, it’s the abuse of authority of the public officials that makes countries like ours poorer, thus, depriving citizens of basic services. Plunderers stash their stolen wealth in the US. Are there similar cases in your country?
Thanks for reading and commenting on this story. Hugggss and I have good news soon!

Mauwa Brigitte
Jan 20
Jan 20

Hi PAULINA NAYRA!
Thank you very much, hope gives life to your persevering, patient and attachment to God, including your guide.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 24
Jan 24

Yes, Brigette. It is my faith in the One Up There, the most powerful one that gives me hope. As they say, God helps those who help themselves. So we just keep on persevering.
thanks for your comment. Huggs.

Tarke Edith
Jan 20
Jan 20

Hi Naya
How wonderful it is when you have hope in all the aspects you hope for.
I am happy for Angelee and Maria dear. You know dear our children are our best source of hope. Because they are like our seeds our , helpers at old age , our treasures and many more just to name a few.
Thanks you very much sister for sharing this with us.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 24
Jan 24

Oh yes sister Edith. Our children, our future are our major source of hope and inspiration to work harder and better.
Huggs.

Akshaya9
Jan 22
Jan 22

Hi Ate Paulina,
Thank you for sharing this. Hope you doing fine.

Have a nice day Ate

Paulina Nayra
Jan 24
Jan 24

You’re welcome. kumusta man ka?
Huggsss.

Akshaya9
Jan 25
Jan 25

Hello Ate,
Ok lang po, keep on fighting the challenges of my life :-) .

Take care and hugs too

Paulina Nayra
Feb 16
Feb 16

There have been times that I've wished I am financially rich so I can help ease some burden. I have not prayed for it though. I just wished. Now, I will include you in my prayers. That Allah will show you the way to overcome the challenges. That your family will be in good health always.
Hugggs. Magkita ta puhon.

Akshaya9
yesterday
yesterday

Thank you po ate :-) .

Puhon te we meet :-)

Hugs

ARREY- ECHI
Jan 22
Jan 22

Dear Ate Paulina,
What a beautiful portrayal of places and situations we all can find hope from. Thank you for sharing. I pray these instances of hope only goes to affirm your belief of why despite the sometimes difficult situations, we have reasons to be hopeful.
Your girls are adorable. May their world be a more hopeful and just one for them as they grow.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 24
Jan 24

I always try to find pockets of hope everywhere, else, I’ll insane feeling bad in this unjust environment.
hugs..

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 23
Jan 23

Thanks for sharing and that you also find hope from us here at World Pulse..sending love to your girls, they have the best mother ever.
Take care

Paulina Nayra
Jan 25
Jan 25

Hugggs from my girls and me Elizabeth. May we never lose hope despite of...

Obisakin Busayo
Jan 26
Jan 26

Dear Sister,
Continue to thrive in hope. It is indeed the strength to continue to affect our world!
Thank you sharing this updates
Love
Busayo

Paulina Nayra
Jan 31
Jan 31

Huggs Busayo. When so many of us have the same hopes, and work on them, what we hope for will likely happen :-)

Patience Nyange
Jan 27
Jan 27

Wow! So profound. Thank you for sharing. I find hope in your stories, that the world you wish for is possible. Thank you.

Paulina Nayra
Jan 31
Jan 31

Patience. Is this your real name? lovely. Hoping gives us a positive perspective that something good will happen in the near future. Huggs.

Patience Nyange
Feb 03
Feb 03

Hahhahahhaha Paulina,
Yes, Patience is my real name. Hhahaaha!

Hawwah
Jan 29
Jan 29

Dear Paulina,

Your hope gives me hope too.
In love and sisterhood,

Hawwah

Paulina Nayra
Jan 31
Jan 31

Huggg sis Hawwah. We hope , pray and work so our hopes will be a reality.

TataWirba
Feb 06
Feb 06

Thank you for sharing Paulina.
May you be granted your heart desires.
Love and blessings
Tata

Paulina Nayra
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thank you for the wishes Tata.

LYDIEN YUNIWOH
Feb 08
Feb 08

Hello sweet sister Paulina,
Thanks so much for sharing am already building some hope out of this beautiful words of yours

Paulina Nayra
Feb 08
Feb 08

It is our shared hope Lydien. Huggs.

Ekitah
Feb 08
Feb 08

Thanks for sharing these inpiring pockets og hope on this platform. we are priviledged to keep learning everyday on this platform. You are blessed.

Paulina Nayra
Feb 08
Feb 08

Blessed to have likeminded people like you around who share their hopes and stories with sisters from all over.
Huggs Ekitah.

Seka
Feb 10
Feb 10

Ate Paulina,
Wonderful!
Thanks to share.
Seka

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Feb 11
Feb 11

Beautiful WRite-Up
I have hope too that all my dreams and aspirations for 2020
will come true.
Thank you for sharing your story
Please follow me back.

Paulina Nayra
Feb 16
Feb 16

Yes, share your dreams to the universe and they have a way of making dreams come true. Good luck dear. Yes, I will follow you back.
Huggs.

Mercy Vernyuy Munyuy
yesterday
yesterday

Thank you for sharing sis.Paulina
From your words I begin to imagine that I can find hope in everything around me too.keep on keeping on