Do you believe that “like attracts like?” Do you believe that “what we think about, we bring about?” How can we attract “like” people from halfway around the world?
Gertrude and I met through Facebook while she was preparing to host a Global Woman’s Summit in Uganda. We found that we have things in common and decided to Skype with each other; she from her home in Africa and me from my home in California. Gertrude shared with me that she is teaching the young women in her village to learn a trade to build women and girls’ collective power across race and class from the ground up. She contacted me through Facebook to ask me how she could get a copy of my book. I told her I would be happy to mail a copy to her and within a few weeks (their mail is very slow) she sent me another message…
…I am glad to inform you that I received your book yesterday evening and what I have so far read, it all sounds like an African story. What happened to you is very common here, only mothers rarely become so hard to their children the way yours was! But the reason was clear. Thanks for being bold enough to share the not so sweet life experiences. We thought that such a life doesn't exist in your country, but the book is revealing a lot. I am continuing to read the book and I will write down my lessons from it. God bless.
When Gertrude finished my book she sent me another request through Facebook…
…I need to send you my humble request. At Women and Girls Can Initiative, we are running a Women Self Help Fund and kindly I need to request you to allow us to name it after you, i.e. Nancy Women's Self Help Fund. Am doing this in dedication to the divine connection, passion and love you have showed. This is the only way I feel I can have something to give and keep us together in action and thought. I will be very grateful when I get to hear from you.
Gertrude is making a difference in the lives of the young women in her village. She is sharing an opportunity for a New Beginning by empowering them to draw on their own gifts and talents. I am honored to be a part of the opportunity to open their minds by sharing our collective knowledge. Our past has made us who we are; remember, you never know who might need to hear your story!
If you would like to read more about the work that Gertrude is doing, you can visit her site at: http://wagci.yolasite.com/
How many people do you know who attend networking functions to grow their business? When you meet someone at a networking function and you feel that you have made a connection, how do you follow up with that person? Do you stand beside him or her at the function and try to get to know them or do you set up a “let’s get acquainted” meeting over coffee?
How about collecting business cards? When you return to your office do you take the time to look at each card you collected and get to know the person whose card you are looking at or do you send out an email blast to everyone you met and tell them how great it was to meet them? Here is my question to you; if you did not take the time to really get to know that person, how do you know it was great to meet them? How do you feel when you receive an email blast; do you feel that it is personal and meant just for you? Or, do you delete it and move on to the next email in your inbox?
How often do you take the time to look at a person’s website and find out what he or she really does? What does your website say about you? For instance, if you take the time to visit my website, you will know exactly what I do and what my mission statement is. That will help you when making the decision of how you would like to connect with me in the future.
When you give a referral, how knowledgeable are you about the person you are referring? Referrals can make or break friendships, business ventures, and even family members.
If you are truly working on a New Beginning in your current venture, ask yourself, “How well do I know the people I am doing business with?”
To say that we met by accident would be false for I believe that everything happens for a reason. I was not scheduled to be on her bus that day; however, that is exactly where I ended up. She told me her name was Christine, that she hadn’t planned to be a part of this group but has learned to never question where her life’s journey takes her. The group she was traveling with was from the United Kingdom but Christine is from the Domican, traveling on a pilgrimage. She began telling me some of her life’s history and shared with me that she is a Healer. She soon started asking me questions about my life and we had an amazing conversation.
Our conversation lead to me sharing about an event in my life where an accident put me in a wheelchair due to breaking both ankle bones in my left leg. I shared my happiness at being so thankful that I am able to walk again without assistance even though I have a lot of pain in my ankle that never seems to leave me.
At that point, Christine took my ankle in her hands, removed my shoe and looked up at me and smiled. Then she grasped my ankle tightly with both of her hands, closed her eyes and said something I could not hear or understand. She then released my ankle and said, “You will never again feel pain in your ankle.” To my amazement, the pain in my ankle was gone! To no longer feel pain was such a relief that it was almost surreal. How is it possible that this has happened; and yet I am proof that it has!
I began to wonder why the universe conspired to put me on Christine's bus that day and wondered just what I did to deserve this opportunity for such a wonderful gift. I soon realized that to question the opportunity or the gift would only take away from my experience. Every one of us deserves the best that life has to offer; we need only to open our hearts and accept what is given to us. Christine has given me a New Beginning and for that I am truly thankful. I love my life!
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