What Gives Me Hope

Tamarack Verrall
Posted December 8, 2018 from Canada

What gives me hope is being able to continually witness visionary acts of great courage, compassion and determination as we create together a different time, a different world, in which women and girls are no longer disrespected, dismissed, thrown to the street or kept indoors, held captive, tortured, raped, and murdered. I have hope that by our linking arms and hearts in leadership toward a whole new way of being, we are creating change.

Air - Our ideas

It gives me hope when I read the brilliant ideas and witness the depth of visionary thought that form our stories here, as we describe and work together toward a world in which here is no more war, in which the earth is being taken care of, in which everyone has access to medical care, in which we have ended poverty, in which women are leading the way. 

It gives me hope that we are undoing the treatment of women as “witches”, the notion that we are inferior to men, the notion that we have no right to choose our lives and live freely. It gives me hope when I see women moving into leadership in the governments of many countries with these ideas in mind, and with plans of how to make these things happen. It gives me hope when I read stories of what women have done in the past that had been hidden or credited to a man. It gives me hope when I read about communities that have existed in the past and those that exist still today in which the leadership of women is paramount, and in which respect for women is interwoven in the fabric of the community. It gives me hope when ideas promote that all people deserve respect and freedom.

It gives me hope when I hear women speak out loudly and without hesitation that we are not finished until all of the missing and murdered women have been found and those who have been killed are mourned with respect by the governments that have allowed this to happen. It gives me hope when I read from so many WorldPulse sisters, that we know a path forward and that we are building a strength of commitment through our discussions with each other, that will never again be lost.

Fire - Our Passion and Courage

I have hope from the courage and strength that I see through all of the women standing firm in creating the change. I have hope in the strength women face with medical conditions that has meant ostracism, in poverty that has meant hunger, in war that has meant loss of loved ones and loss of homes. I have hope in the courage and strength of my sisters standing up to prevailing laws, risking ridicule and physical danger to embolden their sisters.

I have new hope in the growing number of men who have the courage to stand with us and acknowledge that this violence against women and girls by men is real and must end. I have hope in the men who have the courage to come forward now in greater numbers to speak openly about what other men have done to them as well.

I have hope in the courage that my sisters have, to be blazing trails, to be purifying all of the denunciations and degradations piled onto us change makers, sisters with fiery responses, with heated arguments, transforming old and harmful rules with new ways of thinking.

Water - Our Hearts

I have hope in the ability of women to feel without shame, to cry openly at what we have experienced in our lives, in what we are discovering in each others’, in this global tragedy called patriarchy, and in this ruination of our beloved planet. I have hope in the women who reach out and give a strong hand with a loving heart to others. I have such hope in all I read in WorldPulse of my sisters choosing always to lead from their hearts and heads into the most difficult situations, to make sure no one is left behind. It gives me hope when I read that a sister has extended generosity of time and material, to see another sister be able to shine. It gives me hope to witness my WorldPulse sisters celebrate their work, and changes they have made, and survival of themselves and other women and girls, with such joy. It gives me hope that we have held onto our dreams of what is possible, and trusted our hearts that we have the strength to face it all and make change happen.

Earth - Our Mother

I have hope in how we form plans that are grounded in reality and possibility. I have hope in our challenging the global economy being based on money that rests in the hands of so very few. I have hope in what my WorldPulse sisters are doing in attending to the basics, to the building blocks, to girls attending school, to women having viable businesses, to freedom from being held captive in homes, in prostitution, in forced marriages, in menstrual huts, in widows’ huts, in “traditions” that do not honour women. I have hope in that we know, that peace is possible, and that it is realistic and necessary to find ways to end war, and to take care of the earth. I have hope in all of the ways that we are working to take care of ourselves, our loved ones, our planet and each other.

Ether - the Upper Regions of Air beyond the Clouds

What gives me hope is that we are raising our voices together now in numbers never experienced before, with a transformational level of determination, belief in our purpose, and trust not only in our ability to create this change, but also in our right to live freely. I have hope that by our linking our thoughts, and arms, and hearts in leadership toward a whole new way of being, we are ensuring that this happens, and that it happens globally. I have hope in the power of what we are manifesting in WorldPulse.

 

This story was submitted in response to What Gives You Hope?.

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Lisbeth
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Dear Aunty Tam,
Thanks for sharing this thought provoking article with us.
I most importantly love your hope towards World pulse. That another woman puts down her need/worth to make others shine.

Love for one another is the greatest cause for such an act. Also empathy, trying to feel the pain of others move one to take action, and above all unselfishness.
Wish you the best on your submission. Hope you enjoy your day.

Hugs
Lizzy

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Dear Lizzy,
It is being able to meet sisters like you that gives me hope. Soar on!
Hugs back,
Tam

Jensine Larsen
Dec 08, 2018
Dec 08, 2018

And I have hope because of YOU, Aunty Tam! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to an incredible wonder woman who is lifting every sister, every voice! We all love you so much.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Dear Jensine,
Our amazon, our fearless and brilliant leader, what you have created for us is such a deep wellspring where I have found so many who are also in this for our lives.
My gratitude and love,
Tam

Marie Abanga
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Dear Tam,
Glad to read about what gives you hope. Hope thanks to all progressing elements in humanity. Hope thanks to an awesome community where you truly appreciate the heights, depths and width of what hope can do when believed in Amen.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Dear Marie,
Your work, keen perspective and commitment give me hope.

Marie Abanga
Dec 10, 2018
Dec 10, 2018

Oh Tam

What an honour to know this. You give me hope too because I see how age shouldn't be a barrier. Back here, you'll find not many women of your generation blogging or being so active online encouraging others.

Jill Langhus
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Hi Tam,

Thanks for your ever-so-thoughtful and clever post about what give you hope. I think it's very clever how you've managed to interweave the four elements, as well as beyond that, into your story. I'm so glad that you're here on the forum to guide us all with your love and wisdom. Thanks so much for being here for all of us, for shining your light, and just being you!

And of course, good luck with your story submission!

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Dear Jill,
I love being in this alongside you.

Jill Langhus
Dec 10, 2018
Dec 10, 2018

Aw. You're too sweet, dear. I'm honored to be a part of this journey and sisterhood alongside you, too!

Olutosin
Dec 11, 2018
Dec 11, 2018

I always love to read your posts. You give me hope. I know all your sacrifices and I am happy to call you my sister, know you personally and keep you safe in my heart.
We will continue to the end, we are the hope of mother earth.
Thank you very much for this rich insight.

Tola Makinde
Jan 28
Jan 28

Aunty Tam,
I am always so inspired by your words of wisdom. Age is just a number. Thank you very much
Tola.. TM