2017 A Year of Expansion

Tamarack Verrall
Posted January 5, 2017 from Canada
The power of meeting

We exist within this vibrant living web that involves all of each others’ lives. As we deepen our knowledge of each other we strengthen the fibre of this web, built by our stories, our expanding connections, our awareness of all that each other has experienced, and all that we are doing. The more we know, the stronger our understanding and love has grown. The strands of this web are now unbreakable, forged with our determination and the importance of our purpose, wrapped in our caring for one another. With this knowledge of and connection to each other we are able to work together toward the whole. We are now truly working globally.

This gift of World Pulse makes it possible for us. We know the ways that World Pulse can empower women we are meeting, and how women we are meeting can empower others with what they have to offer. We continue to bring into our own communities this wisdom, this energy, this news, these plans with all of the potential and urgency that they hold.

And now leading us gently forward, World Pulse shows us proof of how fast we are growing, how far we have come, and urges us all to go deeper, to expand ourselves, and to expand the numbers of those involved. I am asking myself, how can I do my utmost to further this global movement? How can I create expansion here in my country? How can what we are doing become even more effective, involve many more, benefit from many more, increase the sound and vibration of our collective voices until we succeed in every woman being free?

Canada is a large country geographically, about 7,000 km east to west with about 36 million people. There are millions of women here who have never heard about World Pulse. There are millions of girls who do not yet know that we are working to create these changes. There is a half century of work for women’s rights and against violence against women. We have a strong network in place through safe houses, sexual assault networks and women’s centres. Indigenous women here are powerfully leading the way, refusing to accept that any woman, missing or murdered will ever be forgotten, holding the Government accountable. We have many organizations, and many individual, strong, seasoned activists. We have a few hundred World Pulse members. Yet the violence continues.

I am envisioning these millions of women and girls here who have never told their stories, finding and writing through World Pulse, becoming empowered this way, as so many of us have. I am envisioning the women who are activists learning about World Pulse, joining us here, having access to all of this news, building connections to their own work, joining in the conversations, broadening and strengthening the web of working together, experiencing and becoming part of the love and dedication that flows between us within this site.

I am envisioning the men here who believe in equality, who understand and welcome this rising of women, being able to more easily find each other, the purple bow-tie men, the men wearing moose hide patches, working together with the men in World Pulse who are supporting these efforts whole heartedly, creating time for men to speak together about erasing misogyny, embracing the redefining of culture. I am imagining these new models for discussion among men and boys, the public declarations of support, these important seeds to be broadcast much more widely and shared as resources, so that these ideas can take hold as the new norm.

In 2017 I will be driving across Canada planning to meet as many as possible who have never heard about World Pulse, or who know about us and want to build connection. I also hope to meet in person or online the other World Pulse members who live in this country, to confer, strategize, strengthen and celebrate our connections with each other. I want to be so connected that we are able at lightning speed to better support each others’ actions here and globally. This is an open invitation for anyone in Canada to be in touch. Let’s do this together.

Every time I describe what my sisters in World Pulse are doing, I am met with amazement, great excitement and renewed hope that women are truly rising globally, not just a dream, but a reality. In magnitude and magnificence we are now connected by profound love, determination and brilliant action. This news needs to be known, the gift shared, our work everywhere succeed. Let’s expand together.

This story was submitted in response to New Year, New Beginning.

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blanch1981
Jan 05, 2017
Jan 05, 2017

Dear Tam,

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and insights. It is as well inspired me to make myself more involved with World Pulse this year. And to become proactive in propagating the vision of World Pulse.

Regards,

Blanche

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 09, 2017

Dear Blanche,

Thank you so much for your encouragement. That my plans have turned into new plans for you is the best kind of response I could hope for. Good luck with diving in deeper. For me it has just gotten more and more exciting.

All the best,

Tam

WorldCare
Jan 06, 2017
Jan 06, 2017

Hello Tamarack, you write so well! I feel lucky to read this! You use the word "envision" many times. That is perfect! If we can envision a better future, a time of all rights of women, then maybe we can attain it. I admire you very positive attitude and hope. And, I'm on board with you!!! Let's advance this idea in 2017!

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 09, 2017

Dear WorldCare,

Your message is so supportive, and this makes a big difference as I hold onto and try to develop a much stronger network of communication and even broader base of women in my area into World Pulse. I love that we are all envisioning such a major and necessary shift to create a world in which all women have all forms of human rights. Thanks fro being in touch.

In sisterhood,

Tam

WorldCare
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 09, 2017

Tam, you are very welcome! It is good to hear your intentions. WorldPulse does seem to be a place where all can meet to share and plan a future where every human has all the rights due them in freedom. I wish you much progress on this trip across Canada! Be well!

JulieG
Jan 09, 2017
Jan 09, 2017

Dear Tam,

Your vision for the year ahead is bold and with inspiring community members like you, it all seems possible!  Thank you for all your time and effort helping to make this community thrive.  I look forward to working with you. Your plans for expansion in Canada are truly inspiring!

Warmly,

Julie

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 10, 2017
Jan 10, 2017

Thanks Julie, 

I appreciate the support. The more we hear from each other that our plans sound good, the bolder we get. What I love about World Pulse is to be in the company of others who also dream big. Glad to feel you with me.

In sisterhood,

Tam

QueenVirtuous
Jan 19, 2017
Jan 19, 2017

Wow dear Tam, you are truly mother of us all. Your words make me feel at home and even more determined to pursue equality for women. World Pulse feels like family, and I too will make it my priority to get deeply  involved and spread the word about this awesome community here at World Pulse to other women in my area. I wish you joy and strength as you endeavour to make a change in the lives of women globally and in Canada. You have my love. Also, your writing style is so captivating! I've even learned a few tricks from your writing just now. Please write more!

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Dear QueenVirtuous,

Your words really gave me a lift and even deeper trust in what I am doing and hope to accomplish. I am so glad to meet you here and to know that you are diving in with such love and determination. I'll keep writing, and look forward to yours!

With love in sisterhood,

Tam

Sophie Ngassa
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Dear Tam,

I strongly agree that World Pulse is a great gift for us. Let us use it to fullest potentials.

We will expand together. Cheers!

Sophie

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 30, 2017
Jan 30, 2017

Dear Sophie,

This gift of WorldPulse is our ability to become so closely connected with each other, and you inspire me. Yes, let's continue to expand together. Thank you for your message, each affirmation of what we have strengthens us.

With linked arms,

Tam