On Wealth

Tamarack Verrall
Posted June 25, 2018 from Canada

We have wealth in our hearts as we love deeply. We have wealth in our ideas and our connections with each other. We have wealth in what we are sharing with each other. We have wealth in how we have empowered ourselves, and as we have created channels for our sisters young and old to empower themselves and each other.

All this we have achieved against great odds and with relatively few if any resources. For the most part we still live in, work in, and do our best in a world economy designed and protected to keep work that women do, unpaid. So many women dependent completely on men for survival, and all of us in danger as we trespass into what is still largely considered “men’s territory” - paid work and outside the home. We are amazing in what we have accomplished and continue to accomplish, in creating change. 

We have been making remarkable and celebratory changes to this landscape, but to write about wealth, my heart welcomes this opportunity for us here within WorldPulse to embrace discussion on how to challenge successfully this economy that we live in: intentional creation of hardship and poverty, with women scrambling to care of family and communities with unpaid labour. 

To prepare, I rewatched a film “If Women Counted” made through the National Film Board of Canada in 1995 (now free online) by Terre Nash, about a daring feminist in New Zealand, Marilyn Waring. She describes our world economy, based on rules set when the UN was formed, originally from a colonial Britain that designed the “market place” by what is bought and sold, and work unpaid and not counted (subsistence farming, feeding and caring for families) to be “of little or no importance”. These are actual words found in the books in the UN. What has developed is that causing and maintaining war accounts for 50% of the world economy, followed closely by allowing businesses to rip into the earth, create pollution that brings business of cleaning up and health crisis business, added to by the multibillion dollar and devastating sex trafficking of women and girls, also a big part of this current world economy. The imprisonment of many working against this system adds to the GDP and silences people with vision and courage to speak out. I hope that you will have the time and/or online capacity to watch this film. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqKgr2iZXOM.

One of the biggest reasons, I believe, that women’s work is unpaid, that girls are kept from school, that widows have no right to property, that we are ridiculed, violated  even murdered for speaking out, for stepping out of the assigned roles we are given, for challenging every rule that we have been told is "the way it has always been and the way it must stay" is that we carry in our hearts a different vision, ideas of a whole new way that this world can function - taking care of each other and of the Earth, ending war, poverty and violence, empowering those who believe in peace and recognizing the sacredness of each other and of our planet. 

We have made such headway in the past half century, even then, standing on the shoulders of strong women before us, and recognizing women who have always lived in ways most of us have only dreamed of. We have learned/been reminded that other ways have existed, do exist and can be reconstructed where broken. We are busy, describing how life can be different, and we are creating change through so many powerful actions. We know how many we are, through our connections here within our beloved WorldPulse. We know now how profoundly we are working together globally.

So, this subject of wealth is critically important and I thank our WorldPulse Team for bringing it forward so that we can put our hearts and heads together. We have learned that despite the fact that we have multibillionaires, by far mostly men hiding money offshore, women do now hold 30% of the world economy. And increasingly men are in support, wondering what they can do, wanting to be part of this vision we have been creating, of a world in which all women and girls are free, a world in which we end poverty, a world in which health care is available to all, a world that dissolves corruption, a world in which we care about the Earth and about each other. I believe that this resistance to women having money is tied to the awareness that so many of us have these priorities at heart.

So what can we do to accelerate these essential works that WorldPulse sisters are doing?

Where I am, Canada, still invested in war, pollution, and the continued impoverishment of people including Indigenous Peoples in this country, many women now have access to education and paid work (still pressing for equal pay, more inclusive and non sexually violent work possibilities even 50 years later). Increasingly men in many countries are in support and wondering what they can do. One group of men here have for 40 years committed 2 hours’ pay per month each to a Women’s Shelter. Many women here, and certainly many more men have money that could be shared while we work together on this disgusting and immoral mess of a global economy. 

I am no expert in economics, but WorldPulse sisters are finding ways to make support flow and to teach me how to take part in a sharing economy, one that we can create while we work together for the complete change that is needed. Can we create many more circles of partnering, of sending money from women who are comfortable, to sisters making change happen with few or no resources? Can we create thousands of circles of sharing, that bring waves of girls graduating with brilliant ideas, that save lives, that pay expenses to send sisters to remote areas, that buy equipment for women owned businesses, that increase funds for children who have been adopted, that help WorldPulse sisters travel to speak out, that increases the amplification of our voices and work together to take down tyrannical and corrupt governments? And to my brothers who have generally more access to higher wages, will you also create circles? 

One of the most frequent questions I hear is “How will I know that the money is used well? A question that has arisen due to organizations that send men to play golf with each other while they pretend to transfer donated money (this news from a WorldPulse sister in frustration). WorldPulse has solved this question for us. We are all in touch with each other. We know what each other is doing. We can bypass the corrupt agencies by direct contact with each other.

The problem I want to solve is to make this happen. My commitment to my WorldPulse sisters, is to take this message every time I speak about WorldPulse. Our wealth is in sharing our love for and our encouragement of each other, and this in itself is the nourishment that sees us all through the profound pain we experience as we uncover and heal the damage this current global economy causes. While we work to create change, our wealth is also in sharing all we can with each other, and to look deeply and honestly at what we can do.

 

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  • Olutosin
    Jun 25
    Jun 25

    My sweet sister, I love your love,
    I love your deep embrace,
    I love your hugsssss again and again,
    I love the kisses
    I love the holding of hands,
    I love the dinner together,
    I love your deep commitment,
    I love your loyalty.

    These are the soul wreaths that I have shared with you.
    I love you deeply.
    Thanks to Worldpulse for this connection.
    We are soul sister's.

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jun 28
    Jun 28

    My cherished sister,

    Your words send me soaring in celebration of all we have here together, and especially the ultimate gift we have had in having been given the chance to meet in person and feel together the precious gift we have in now, having this chance to be in ongoing contact. This is the magic of WorldPulse. This is the magic of such profound friendship with you, to be able to feel our shared commitment together, to witness so closely the depth of your commitment and love. I love you dear sister, and daily celebrate that we have met. Yes, soul sisters forever.

    Tam

  • AbdulRaheem Dirisu
    Jun 25
    Jun 25

    You take part and you take charge.We have wealth.Perfect composition.You are bless in the presence of God almighty.Wisdom is uncommon.

  • Tamarack Verrall
    6:28am
    6:28am

    Thank you Raheem, and good luck with the important work you are doing.

  • jlanghus
    Jun 26
    Jun 26

    Hi Tam,

    I always love your stories so much. You have so much wisdom, knowledge and love to share:-) I wish I had a little pocket book of Tam's wise excerpts or quotes for all the topics that are dear to me to peruse throughout each and every day. It would be a cherished resource:-)

    What I particularly love on your story above is the utopia that you describe: "taking care of each other and of the Earth, ending war, poverty and violence, empowering those who believe in peace and recognizing the sacredness of each other and of our planet." I want this!!! And, yes, I can continue to contribute my love and encouragement on WP as I believe, too, that I am contributing every day to a higher cause that is raising the collective energy toward a better Earth. We can do this, together. Think of how much closer we are every day toward the Utopia that we all want to see a be a part of.... Namaste, love... namaste:-)

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jun 30
    Jun 30

    Dear Jill,

    Thank you so much. Your words mean a lot to me. One of the many things I love about our WorldPulse is that we can share ideas and what we are all doing, explore possibilities and work together toward a dream that yes, may be called utopian, but a world we know we need, a world we all dream of and that we are working toward. A world that is possible. Let's continue to think big together.

    Namaste dear sister,
    Tam

  • jlanghus
    Jul 01
    Jul 01

    You're welcome lovely:-) Yes, the collaborative effect is awesome on WP:) Yes. I love thinking big and outside the box... always:-)

    Namaste to you, too. Hope you have a great day and week... what happened to June...eeek:-)

  • Olubee
    Jun 28
    Jun 28

    Dear Tam,

    Thanks for your words.There are so much work to be done,but i believe in taking a step at a time.So many women want to create and effect change,but the resources is not just there. Like myself ,two years ago i tried putting some funds together to help at least ten women,which i shared on world pulse,but help didnt come,i was only able to help 2 women with the little i have. I agree with you that to really effect the change we want to see, we need to connect more.
    Thanks once again for sharing.

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jun 30
    Jun 30

    Dear Olubee,

    What you describe here is exactly what I hope we can collectively find ways to solve. I am sorry that we did not have in place a stronger system of sharing for the women you were helping two years ago. I welcome this next 5 weeks as we all share information and ideas.

    In sisterhood,
    Tam

  • Olubee
    Jul 02
    Jul 02

    Thanks Dear Tam, i will definitely share ,world pulse has become part of me lately.

    Much love

  • Corine Milano
    Jun 28
    Jun 28

    As always, a beautiful story from you Tam. Thank you for being such a champion of women all over and the world and for your beautiful contributions to this community. So much wisdom and love and kindness emanates from you — and so much power and strength and resolve!

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jun 30
    Jun 30

    Dear Corine,
    Every day I am grateful to have found WorldPulse. It amazes me that we can now all meet, read what each other are doing, encourage each other and find ever more ways to create these essential changes. Thank you so much for your beautiful words. They mean a lot to me.

    With love in sisterhood,
    Tam

  • Adanna
    Jun 30
    Jun 30

    Dear Tam,

    Thank you for being such a powerful voice.

    Indeed, our wealth is in sharing with each other.

    Much Love,
    Adanna

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jun 30
    Jun 30

    Dear Adanna,

    I would love to see so much more sharing between women. The kind of sharing that is happening here within WorldPulse is precious and powerful. I hope that with this call for collective ideas we can find ways to expand.

    Much love to you and all those school girls you care for, dear sister,
    Tam

  • Stephanie Mah
    Jul 01
    Jul 01

    Hi lovely sister TAM,
    Thank God people like you are with us to guard us wisely .may God continue to give you wisdom to share with us, thank world pulse for this union. Together we will make the world a place to be ,may God continue to bless and give so many more years to you. Thank God.

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jul 08
    Jul 08

    Dear Stephanie,
    Thank you for your loving message. Yes, together we will do this, and the wonderful part of this work is that we can now find each other and feel our strength together here within WorldPulse.
    With love in sisterhood,
    Tam

  • Tecenta Achiri
    Jul 07
    Jul 07

    Dear sister.. This is a real definition of wisdom.. I admire you.. Am inspired

  • Tamarack Verrall
    Jul 08
    Jul 08

    Dear Tecenta,

    Thank you for this beautiful comment, I take it to heart. You are an inspiration to me as well, with the work you are doing.

    With love in sisterhood,
    Tam

  • Obisakin Busayo
    Jul 08
    Jul 08

    Dear Tam,
    You are Love personified my Sister! Your Love is evident and unconditional. I have not been able to see you physically and hold you but I could feel your Love radiating to me across the ocean. Thank World Pulse for the connection. Our connection and being sisters to one another is a great wealth that can not be quantified by any amount of money. You are so Loved too my Sister
    Warmest Love
    Busayo

  • Tamarack Verrall
    4:46am
    4:46am

    Dear Busayo,
    Your message fills my heart and yes it is true that we have not yet been able to meet yet in person, but it feels as if we have, as WorldPulse makes it possible for us to be in touch like this. Our connection has felt so real to me since the first messages we shared. Your message today fills my heart.

    Love across the ocean,
    Tam

  • Tarke Edith
    Jul 09
    Jul 09

    Hi sweet mother Tamarak how wonderful you are with words of wisdom l love it ,l am full of joy to be here l am satisfy with my sisters , we are one we grow together as one, thank you sister

  • Tamarack Verrall
    5:24am
    5:24am

    Dear Edith,

    Thank you for your encouraging message, it means a lot. I so agree, what WorldPulse has given us in being able to be in touch and grow together is so very special.
    With love in Sisterhood,
    Tam

  • TRUFUSA ONGOYA
    Jul 10
    Jul 10

    Thank you

  • Tamarack Verrall
    5:33am
    5:33am

    Dear Trufusa,

    Thank you for sending your support, I appreciate it! It also helped me find you and I am so glad to read what you have written about your own life.

    A big hug to you,
    Tam

  • Anjana Vaidya
    Jul 10
    Jul 10

    Hello dear Tam,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on wealth. Indeed, a great value of the sharing is our wealth. So true and beautifully written.
    Hope to read you more.
    love,
    anjana

  • Tamarack Verrall
    6:20am
    6:20am

    Dear Anjana,

    I am so glad to meet you here. Your first post a couple of years ago, "My story, my experience" speaks so powerfully to what is at the root of control of women and girls: unpaid work and lack of access to paid work.

    Love,
    Tam

  • olufunke_3
    Jul 13
    Jul 13

    My first time to read a post on World Pulse and I am indeed impressed and captivated by your write-up. This platform sure has good intentions to give women a voice and for the voice to make impact. When a woman is financially stable, her life will be stable to a reasonable extent. Well done Tam, looking forward to read more moral booster write-ups here.

  • Tamarack Verrall
    6:49am
    6:49am

    Dear Olufunke,

    Thank you! I appreciate the support and look forward to more of your writing, too.

    In sisterhood,
    Tam

  • Urmila Chanam
    Jul 16
    Jul 16

    Dear sister,

    Deeply moved by your thoughts. You have highlighted a very important aspect of women's space in economy and our struggle with unpaid work and care work. In India a man contributes 31 minutes a day for care work leaving the woman to do ten times his work to keep a household running smoothly. I have high regard for ourselves because we have been doing this forever. Thank you for your article it was so informative and insightful.

    Love always,
    Urmila Chanam

  • TRUFUSA ONGOYA
    Yesterday
    Yesterday

    Hi tamarack
    How are you pray for me l m selling milk
    trufusa

  • Kat Haber
    Yesterday
    Yesterday

    Hey Tamarack!
    I've just returned from Toronto for the Rotary International Conference with 25,000 other community leaders in 35,000 Rotary Clubs. I so enjoyed the natural ease you enjoy in your culture. I'd like to let you and any other outstanding women leaders know about in your country about an educational opportunity to spread world peace. Might you be interested in applying for a scholarship to get a Masters Degree in Peace Studies? Full scholarships are awarded by Rotary International in a very competitive process. There are 1,100+ Rotary Peace Fellows who have attended one of 6 universities. You would need a local Rotary Club to support your nomination at a district level. Here's the info, if you are interested. https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships

    Wealth on women, we value ourselves first, the world is waking up!

  • ARREY - ECHI
    3:49am
    3:49am

    Dear Sis Tam,

    This is DEEP! It touches all elements relegating women to the background and the fight of women especially here on WP to change that. I always love to say governments know they can never compensate women enough so they belittle what women do and call it unpaid labour.
    It is great being on WorldPulse with amazing sisters fighting for our voices to be heard and our wealth valued. Thank you for sharing.

    Love from Cameroon,
    Arrey

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