Sometimes You Just Have To Jump

“Sometimes you just have to jump off the cliff without knowing where you will land. Sixteen years ago, I jumped. It was 1993. I was 23 years old and terrified by what I was seeing in the news about rape camps in Bosnia. I couldn’t find anyone doing something about the astounding injsutices women were experiencing, so I decided to do something myself. I cannot tell you how many people ridiculed my efforts. I was not getting paid, and a lot of people said, ‘Stop doing that. Go get a real job, and get paid.’…At 25 years old I was honored by President Clinton at a White House ceremony for my grassroots work. Even then I would not have imagined that 15 years later, Women for Women would be assisting hundreds of thousands of women in countries all over the world…If I, an immigrant woman from Iraq with no money, can do this, you can too.” (Zalnab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International, in her commencement speech at Rice University, NY Times National section, June 14, 2009)

What an amazing woman.
How sad that such a need exists in our world.


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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10 Responses to Sometimes You Just Have To Jump

  1. Sherry says:

    Yep, such women put my paltry efforts into the correct prospective and slap down my feelings of self-satisfaction. Humility returns. Thanks Mompriest.

  2. mompriest says:

    Oh but Sherry – every little bit helps….

  3. Jan says:

    Thank you. I'm glad there have been and are women like this.

  4. altar ego says:

    Amazing woman, indeed. And how sad that she had to struggle to get support to tackle this!

  5. Sarah says:

    What an inspiration!Thanks so much for the wonderful greeting in the RevGals ring. I'm so glad to be a part of all that you wonderful women are doing!

  6. Barbara B. says:

    Yes, amazing! Thanks for posting this.

  7. Diane says:

    what a great quote! thanks, as Barbara said.

  8. Rev SS says:

    Another inspirational person reminding us of the power of one! Thanks.

  9. Yup, it only takes a spark. God bless the spark that is Ms. Salbi.Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Wow. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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