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
Jul 18
Jul 18

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
Jul 18
Jul 18

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
Jul 18
Jul 18

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
Jul 18
Jul 18

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

TRUFUSA ONGOYA
Jul 20
Jul 20

Thank you,support me please

yours
trufusa

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
Jul 18
Jul 18

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
Jul 18
Jul 18

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

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 18
Jul 18

Dear Urmila,

Thank you for what you have added here. The amount of unpaid work women and girls do compared to what men offer is what needs to be examined and changed. We continue to be told that this is the way it always was and is. Not only is this not true, as we know and are finding out together here through stories coming in, this is one of the most oppressive forms of control, and it prevents us from having time, confidence and opportunity to even imagine different system. Thanks to our sharing of stories and opinions, we are shaking loose and understanding it as a very basic human rights issue. I am so grateful to be able to have arms linked with you.

Love to your dear sister,
Tam

TRUFUSA ONGOYA
Jul 17
Jul 17

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

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 18
Jul 18

Hello dear Trufusa,

I hope that your selling milk is successful for giving you enough to survive. You have overcome so many hurdles in your life! I wonder if you have been able to be in touch with other WorldPulse members in your area? Hopefully you will find many kinds of support through WorldPulse. You are amazing in what you have done so far!

with love in sisterhood,
Tam

Kat Haber
Jul 17
Jul 17

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!

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 22
Jul 22

Hi Kat,
I am so glad to meet you here, and thank you so much for your very encouraging message. This opportunity to focus on expanded work in World Peace Studies is so tempting and I am touched that you have described it here. It is something I would consider seriously, to find ways to expand effectiveness in what I am doing, but may have to try for next year. I hope other WorldPulse sisters will consider it. I love your final words. Yes, the world is finally waking up.

In sisterhood,
Tam

ARREY - ECHI
Jul 18
Jul 18

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

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 22
Jul 22

Dear Arrey,
You are so right! I agree, women get belittled by governments and men are taught to belittle and control us to keep us down, and as a part of that keep us from believing in ourselves. So yes, for me to, it is so exciting to be linking arms with so many sisters who are fighting to change all of this.

Thanks for your reaffirming message on what I laid out here.

With Love in Sisterhood,
Tam

Stella Paul
Jul 21
Jul 21

Wealth of women is indeed extremely crucial and if love in the heart one of the components, then you are creating plenty of it and I join you in creating some more, dear Tam!

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 22
Jul 22

Dear Stella,

Thank you for your lovely message. What is so special about our connections here is that we truly love deeply and with ongoing determination to continue expanding. All the best as you continue on your extraordinary path dear Sister. I feel close by, always.

Lesley M
Jul 22
Jul 22

Dear Tam,

What a beautifully written and thoughtful piece. I love the ideas you put forward. It would be nothing short of amazing to see them be effected. The love in your heart comes through in your writing.

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 28
Jul 28

Dear Lesley,

It is through discovering through WorldPulse all that is being done, that my optimism soars higher than ever. Thanks for your support. We are here to do this together.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Aramide Oikelome
Jul 23
Jul 23

Sweet Tam,

You are simply amazing. You stand tall like the mother hen, giving strength, courage and surplus love to all our sisters across the globe. Thanks to Worldpulse for giving us this unparalleled opportunity to connect and unite in our resolve to emancipate women.

Thank you for always inspiring and encouraging us to do more. You are a powerhouse!

In Sisterhood!
Aramide

Dear TAM,
je suis fier de vous avoir toutes sur WP comme famille, et toutes nos remerciements entre chacune de nous pour avoir compatir ensemble dans un seul but nous entraider mutuellement tant physique que morale et de combattre ensemble pour un bien de toute l'humanité.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 01
Aug 01

Chère Princesse,

Merci beaucoup pour votre soutien. C'est vrai, nous sommes forts ensemble, sachant que nous sommes partout et ensemble en même temps.

victoria l
Jul 26
Jul 26

Hello Tamarack,

Thank you so much for your great insights. You have shared what I would say what women experience every where. Our situations seem the same every where. Each day I see women struggling and working so hard to provide for themselves and families and are always willing to go that extra mile for the sake of their children. No one seems to care how hard they work and at times even never appreciated by their husbands who are meant to be the main providers for the family.
However, your words give hope that regardless of our challenges, there is hope and that we are in this together.
Thank you again.
Victoria

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 28
Jul 28

Hi Victoria,
Thank you for your response. We have been taught to assume that women are expected to do so much unpaid work. Sharing the ways that this has turned so many women being trapped into impossible amounts of forced labor, we can work together to change this. Yes, we are now working together toward a different world.

In sisterhood,
Tam

victoria l
Jul 30
Jul 30

You are welcome Tam. Thank you for inspiring us. I completely agree with you, working together, we can change this to make the world a better place.

Adanna
Jul 26
Jul 26

Dear Tam,

Thank you for sharing this.

I love it especially the part where you said "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."

Change is constant and we will continue to encourage every woman to speak up.

Love,
Adanna

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 28
Jul 28

Dear Adanna,

Thanks so much for your encouragement here, and for all you are doing in your community. Our arms and hearts are linked, and when I think of you I know progress is being made every day.

Love,
Tam

florence kekong
Jul 29
Jul 29

Yes, Sister Tam, our love in the World Pulse is really for encouraging eachother, and being there always, for all sisters, speaking out. Thanks for being there all. Love you.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 01
Aug 01

Dear Florence,

Yes, it is so special to be able to be there for each other now through our beloved WorldPulse. Love to you too, and for all the work that you have been doing!

sarah_2
Jul 31
Jul 31

Tam Darling,
I love your love always.
I love your words always
And above all......I love reading your write-ups.
If we must win the race,then we all need cheers from one another.
And for those trying to pull down our efforts with their negative actions, God will expose them all.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 01
Aug 01

Dear Sarah, dear Sister,
Thanks so much! It is so true, the way we are able to be in touch with each other here and send such beautiful messages of support make a huge difference. I am so glad you get something from my words. Your work is so important.

Hello, Tam,

No word is wasted when you write. Your heart is just all over. Thank you for doing what you do. You are our wealth, too. Hugs.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 01
Aug 01

Dear Karen,

Such a loving push to keep on going. Thank you for the support.

Hugs back to you,
Tam

Harris Namutebi
Aug 09
Aug 09

Tam,
After a hard day of work,reading your message is clear that together we can make a contribution in improving the lives of young girls and women in this world.It's not only about the resources but the willingness and determination to do something.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 09
Aug 09

Hi Harris,
Thanks for your message. I am so encouraged that we are finding each other here, thousands of us who are determined, committing our lives to the necessary changes. I am grateful to have met you here.
In sisterhood,
Tam