My sisters; my wealth

Olutosin
Posted July 8, 2018 from Nigeria

Unlike many people, I had a difficult take off. This made me to come to the conclusion that life may not hold beautiful experience  for everybody on earth, most especially myself.  Therefore,  I cherished every little opportunity that came my way, my slogan was, it's not an entitlement,  it is a privilege.

That was how life seemed to me, until one day, when I discovered the internet. A life-transforming opportunity. It changed my perception about life, placed me on equal footing with everyone and created a new mindset within me that, the universe is for aĺ, has enough for all and can become a fertile ground for everyone to bloom and blossom.

 

My story changed the day I got to connected to the internet.

 

The internet connected me to my sisters from another mothers who showed me that the universe is much more than a space but its a fertile land, filled with greenery and enough natural manure that germinate even rotten seeds.

 

On a fateful day  in 2010, I logged on to Worldpulse,  as my usual rite, after reading and commenting on stories, I went on to the resource exchange section, there, I found an opportunity for a training in Bangalore, India. I wanted empowerment opportunities, at no cost, because I was very poor. Life was tough. We were always thinking about food, school fees of our out of school daughter and survival. Suddenly, here came an opportunity to transform my life. Who do I talk to? Definitely,  not my darling husband, he was a volunteer.

 

I was keen about learning. I wanted to fulfil my life purpose. I wanted to start well, like an informed woman. Empowered to take the lead, working with little mistakes and knowing enough to be able to run a transformation organisation like a Pro. Not just starting an organisation but starting well, running it intelligently while creating a sustainable business alongside.

 

I cast all fear aside, because, nothing creates so much fear like death and poverty, so, I sent a mail to the organiser of the training as regards my interest in the programme,  and my inability to pay the training fee. The organiser responded that I should apply at no fee but I should find a way to pay for my return ticket to Bangalore.  I was so happy about the training fee cancellation but then, the ticket was another rat race.

Although, the the visa was another hard nut to crack but my online sister, who has never met me before provided letters for the embassy. Finally and miraculously, I found myself in Bangalore,  in the open hands of my kind sisters. These women had never met me before,  but they welcomed me lovingly with open arms. The experience was unforgettable . It changed my life.

 

At the end of the programme,  I found my new family in India and a light in my dark path. The organiser recommended me for further training in Cape town, South Africa, that same year . The recommendation paved the way for a scholarship for another one year in-service Training for Transformation programme in Kleinmond .

 

Both training gave me the needed solid foundation in Transformation and a change of life. In Cape town, due to the recommendation from India, I had the best experience of transformation and a beautiful foot-hold in transformation. 

 

These opportunities for empowerment taught me how to run a sustainable organisation but also created another yearning for more knowledge into my life. The sudden change in my life and organisation  made me to vow that I will always support other women who want to be empowered. 

 

If there was no internet, if I did not learn computer, if there was no Worldpulse,  If there was no resource exchange section on Worldpulse. ....if I  did not check resource exchange, who knows where I will be today, may be I will not be able to access such opportunities and become empowered. 

On many occasions,  in solitude, I always ask myself a lot of questions about my life, but I have a secret joy within me that, the wealth of women is not really about finances, it is more about our interconnectedness and every woman's resolve to support other women.

 

It's been eight solid years that I accessed that opportunity on Worldpulse and, altogether,  I have been able to recommend twenty women for Transformation training in both institutions; in India and Cape town. I find inner satisfaction in knowing that women lifted me up and I have been able to lift other women. 

 

 

This post was submitted in response to #WealthofWomen.

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  • florence kekong
    Jul 08
    Jul 08

    My beautiful sister. You are indeed the wealth of women. May God bless you always. Amen.

  • Olutosin
    Jul 08
    Jul 08

    God bless you more and more Amen

  • jlanghus
    Jul 09
    Jul 09

    Hi Olu,

    Wow! What a great story. I didn't know this about you... so amazing. You took a leap of faith, well two, it sounds like, and it really paid off. Plus, you're so open-minded, too. I love open-minded people so much:-) Those opportunities were really meant to be. And, what a well deserved honor to have received these training opportunities. And, yes, I can definitely attest to one of the best feelings in life having the ability and opportunities to lift up, love and encourage other women. I wish I would've made time to do it sooner, but alas, everything always happens to for a reason and there is always divine timing for everything, too. Now, I need to think more about, what would Olu do:-) You've definitely got me thinking more about my approach.

  • Olutosin
    Jul 09
    Jul 09

    Ahhhhh my lovely sister, this is your time, ride on sis. Ah ah ah I'm laughing, what would Olu do? I love to support, and ensure that nobody fails.
    Thanks so much for your encouraging words to all of us here, eh eh less I forget, I love to share my personal stories too. Lol.

  • jlanghus
    Jul 10
    Jul 10

    Thanks... I needed that:-) You are such a great, motherly figure:-)

    You're most welcome. Good to know... looking forward to seeing them.

    Have a fab day!

  • Tarke Edith
    Jul 09
    Jul 09

    Dear sister Olutosin l am very happy that you are so proud of your sisters, yes l will also testify that the day l was introduce to worldpulse and l have to meet my sisters of deferent mothers like you , it was like the world is a place to be when women are concernt we are one sis thanks alot for sharing your joy on our platfum

  • Olutosin
    Jul 09
    Jul 09

    We are all sister's, just that we came from different mother's, that made it more beautiful, because we now have sister's from many mother's and many nations too.
    Together, we will go far and conquer more territories.
    Thanks for reading and commenting my sister.

  • Urmila Chanam
    Jul 10
    Jul 10

    Dear Olutosin,

    What a powerful story! It was a pleasure reading through phases you have experienced and milestones you have achieved. Most of all I appreciate your resilience and patience that kept you grounded to your dreams and aspirations never to let go of hope. I still remember you walking with me to the lake in Bangalore and talking about an organization and a transformation center, that was 2014. Look where you are now!

    Always in awe of you
    Urmila Chanam

  • Olutosin
    Jul 10
    Jul 10

    My bestest sister, I can never forget our plans. We set aside some unforgettable precious time to discuss deeply seated issues by the lakeside that day. We are still dreaming, we will still continue to achieve until the last dream is achieved.
    Thanks so much for being my best sister.

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jul 11
    Jul 11

    My dear Sister,
    I am so glad to know more about you, and how your determination led you from one step to another. Determination and such a powerful description of what can happen when we find WorldPulse and allow ourselves the time to explore all we are offered here. Your words flowed into my brain sparking ideas of all that is possible, then swirled right around and into my heart in gratitude for the chance to be connected with you because of who you are: "a secret joy within me that, the wealth of women is not really about finances, it is more about our interconnectedness and every woman's resolve to support other women", "I find inner satisfaction in knowing that women lifted me up and I have been able to lift other women". Your story filled me with happiness this afternoon.

    With deep Sister Love,
    Tam

  • Olutosin
    Jul 11
    Jul 11

    My dearest sister, thank you for reading and commenting. Yes you are right determination and connection to likeminded individuals and thank God for this platform too.
    Thanks so much for being my friend.

  • Lily Habesha
    Jul 12
    Jul 12

    Olu My dear,
    You are wonderful.
    Every time i went out to any volunteer meeting or training, I mention WP. The first woman i tell her story to others is, Olutosin.

    I love you, admire you, speak about you, promote your story and encourage others...you are my best See Star.

    Lily/ Mulitti

  • Olutosin
    Jul 13
    Jul 13

    I love you my precious sister. Thanks so much, one day, I will stand beside you at your events.

  • Olubee
    Jul 12
    Jul 12

    Dear Olutosin,
    Your story is a very amazing one,it so great how World Pulse has change so many women's lives including myself.Since i log on to world Pulse i have been hooked to it.Keep up the good work dear sis, and i will not mind a recommendation for such training because i really need it to be a change maker i have always dream to become.
    Much love.

  • Olutosin
    Jul 13
    Jul 13

    Thanks so much my darling sister, I love Worldpulse too.
    Always check the Resources page fo opportunities. That's what I do always.

  • ARREY - ECHI
    Jul 16
    Jul 16

    Dear Sis Olu,

    Thank you for your beautiful post. I have loved every of your TTTT posts and just be wowed by your talent. I am glad women lifted you up to discover this hidden talent now touching lives positively.
    You are very right, women's wealth is their ability to love and interconnect with other women on a positive level. When more women do this, we will become richer.
    I just learnt something, Taking the resource centres here on WorldPulse serious as we thrive for opportunities to better ourselves, other women and our communities.

    Much love from Cameroon

  • Olutosin
    Jul 16
    Jul 16

    Helllooooooooo my loveliest sister, thanks so much for your comment.
    Resource exchange is my number two stop over on Worldpulse. I don't joke with it oooo

  • Thank you for this wonderful piece. I always tell people, your story shapes you. You refused to be a one-sided story, you refused to end at your limitations and that is admirable. Your story is your wealth, dear sister.

  • Olutosin
    9:59am
    9:59am

    Thanks so much. Yes our story is our wealth.

  • Gisele Beer
    7:07am
    7:07am

    Wow! Woman power,women empowerment is real.Go sister, keep holding others hands to climb the ladder.Ur story touches me deep down.

  • Olutosin
    9:57am
    9:57am

    Thanks so much my darling sister.
    Yes, you are correct. Together we go far.