Lighting Each Other's Candles

Tamarack Verrall
Posted March 1, 2021 from Canada
Ceremony

As I held the candlelight in honour of and in sisterhood with those who gathered so recently to celebrate this year's winners of the World Pulse Spirit Awards, I was flooded with memories of the experience that began last year for me, to know that I was valued, to have had this extraordinary journey alongside my sisters Urmila and Arrey, and all my sisters recognized last year for our work, our dedication, and our passion for this simple change that we have been working for, an end to violence against all women and girls on this planet. Every form of violence. Everywhere.

As we gathered recently, we could feel the energy growing in the room from the simple joy of being together. We felt the joy that we are able to celebrate the women who have now been awarded this year’s prizes. We could feel the excitement and the joy to be able to have the light from our candles shining together, so deeply symbolic not only of our gratitude that we have been able to meet through World Pulse, also gratitude that at times we can actually see each other's faces and be in the same “room”. Even on social occasions to be actually in the same room, together. And on this particular day, to be able to celebrate the women we have chosen to honour this year. Women being honoured by us collectively, and women being recognized by this wonderful organization that gives us all so much and has made all this possible, our beloved Team and Board of World Pulse.

As I held that candle I felt how it has been all along, since finding World Pulse, that I have found so many other women in the world who want this as much as I do and who are working so hard to make it happen. And that because of World Pulse we are becoming and have become deep and cherished friends. What a gift this is, to be working together. This global sisterhood.

And because of our beautiful system of writing stories and sending them in, and being able to encourage each others’ stories, we already know these women who have been awarded prizes this year. How wonderful it is to lift them up and let them know how much we value them, how much we love them, how much we hope that each one of them will soar, and that we see, respect and value profoundly the work that they have been doing. That we celebrate one woman, one girl, safe and trusting herself, that each time this happens, we have succeeded. 

Holding the candle to our sisters, I also felt what you all have done for me this year. We live in a world in which women are expected to be quiet if not silent. That we must never complain. In which women's voices are continually not taken seriously, ridiculed, silenced. Kept from getting money. This world in which we are quickly labelled as unacceptable, too dangerous, too radical, and a threat, to be not only silenced, to be punished. This, with the intention of stopping us, so that we would not have the strength or freedom to even think of creating change. So these gatherings of love are deeply healing. The support that I have felt from this sisterhood, and the support that I see all my sisters getting from each other, is something that continually astounds me. It overflows my heart.  What a celebration that we are able to do this at all, and with the beauty and wisdom flowing here, able to do this with each other. Something that I never really imagined possible, while somehow wishing for it in my bones. As we all do. To have been supported by all of you, I am discovering even more what I can offer.

And I see and feel this, as we call out to all of our new Awardees, let this beautiful recognition and support flow through you from your global sisters.

Kirthi Jayakumar, Nini Mappo, Regina Awafe Young, Grace Ajt Ikirimat, Anjana, Basudha, Adriana Greenblatt, Marie A Abanga, Veronica Ngum Ndi and all the Honourable Mentions may you feel the warmth and light of our candles and ride this gentle, giant wave of this sisterhood of leaders, holding you and easing a beautiful journey forward. 

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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Hello, Mama Tam,

What a beautiful write-up this is! It aches that I missed an important World Pulse event due to internet issues. We celebrate your impact and leadership. We congratulate all the World Pulse Spirit Winners and honorable mentions. All of you exemplify what the World Pulse spirit is. May the world see the impact we are creating as we continue to encourage one another. May what we have in World Pulse be practiced throughout the world so that more women and girls will heal with us.

You are the light that continues to shine. Keep shining, Mama Tam!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 03
Mar 03

Thank you so much dear Karen for your ongoing support, and for always carrying messages and ideas forward. I am so sorry that the internet has been so unstable for you and other sisters in your country, and beyond. You were and always are strongly in our hearts.

maeann
Mar 02
Mar 02

Dear Tam, what a wonderful celebration. You have touched my heart with your words during your speech. World Pulse Spirit Awards is a recognition of every woman. Recognizing each story that brings impact and solidarity. A memories to tell every year.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 03
Mar 03

Dear Maeann,
I love that my words have touched your heart. Each time we are all in touch whether through this amazing Encouragement system and how we make the most of it, and/or whether through being able to be together on Zoom, the information we share and power of the support we are able to give and receive is astounding and so precious.

Ruth Owl
Mar 03
Mar 03

Thank you for being a sparkle who light candles with this story! :)

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 03
Mar 03

Thanks Ruth, I feel your support, and appreciate it greatly.

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Mar 03
Mar 03

My dear Tam,
Your write-up is extremely touching and impactful, and that is who you are, and what you do Tam! You touch and impact every woman that you meet through World Pulse.
You have shown and taught me the value of true sisterhood: ever present, ever listening attentively, ever encouraging, ever humble, ever tireless, ever genuinely and passionately committed to the mission that you have assigned yourself: to make the world a better place for women regardless of their race, colour, creed, religion, location, age and sexual orientation.
My dear Tam, may your light continue to shine on World Pulse and outside of World Pulse.
The award you received is well-earned, well-deserved, but it too small to encapsulate your the generosity of your spirit. More power to you.

Laetitia Shindano
Mar 04
Mar 04

Bonjour Tam

Félicitations et merci de ce partage.
Ce prix est vraiment le fruit de votre travail dans toutes les activités de World Pulse.
Plaise le Tout Puissant de vous éclairer toujours pour l'elevation de toutes les soeurs la communauté mondiales.
Laetitia

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 06
Mar 06

Chère Laeticia,
C'est si spécial de t'entendre. Nous nous élevons ensemble.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 06
Mar 06

Dear Kabahenda,
From the first we were able to meet in person, I have celebrated that we have been able to meet this way and that we live not far from each other! Thank you for your beautiful words, they touch my heart deeply. I'm so glad that we have met and can be working so closely together.
Deep Sisterhood,
Tam

Desire KASOLE
May 05
May 05

Tamarack Verrall
Oui, Mère, huuum, je ne sais pas combien mon coeur m'as touché à te voir de visage souriante, une bougie que tu fais allusion ici.....Veux-tu me croire et vouloir accepter que je te parles de temps en temps?
Merci
Désiré KASOLE

Kirthi Jayakumar
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dearest Tam,
What a delight it was to have my candle lit by yours - I am so grateful for you and to know you, and to hold the light together with you. Thank you for everything :)
Kirthi

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 06
Mar 06

Dear Kirthi,
I felt it, and am eternally grateful that we are able to wrk together.
deep Sisterhood,
Tam

Marie Abanga
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dear Tam,

Thank you so much. The warmth from your candles keep me warm in corner all the way. An incredible spirit World Pulse really has and fills us up with as connect.
In deep sisterhood and solidarity
MAG

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 06
Mar 06

Dear Marie,
I love that so many of us understand the importance and celebration of our connections with each other. I am so thrilled to have been able to meet you here and walk together from here on.
Deep Sisterhood,
Tam

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 04
Mar 04

Ooh dear Mama Tam, you got me teary again with this beautiful words. Tears of joy. Those tears that flowed as I lit the candle on that memorable day. A day that made history for me. Thank you so much Mama Tan and everyone that was present at this ceremony. Thank you so much for being the light and for handing over the light to us. I am committed to keeping this light shining. Love you all my World Pulse sisters.
So much love for this sisterhood.
Regina

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 06
Mar 06

My dear Sister Regina,
Knowing that with all you are gong through, that my words brought tears of joy, give me great joy, to show you how grateful I am that you are there, doing what you do, and that we have had the fortune to meet, with the good fortune that we all feel to be able to meet, here in World Pulse. I share the joy that we have this sisterhood.
Love,
Tam

ikirimat
Mar 05
Mar 05

Thank you Tam for this very insightful story that details the experience of true sisterhood. I envisage that our sisterhood spirit will take as far in achieving the vision of changing the women's lives and the world around them. Again thank you so much for this lovely and uplifting piece.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 06
Mar 06

Dear Ikirimat,
I am so grateful to World Pulse that we have been able to meet, and that we walk together now.
Deep sisterhood,
Tam