Helen’s One Word 2011: Rise


“She is a gift to the world … a revolutionary, a lover, a dreamer, a fighter – a sister!”

By Helen Burns | Twitter: @helenburns

In 2011 my one word was clear: RISE!

It was so direct and spoke straight to my heart which was needing courage to rise up. It has carried me, reminded and prodded me to keep RISING … to push through adversity and make right what was wrong in my world and the worlds of others. This word will stay with me and continue to speak, sing and shout to me: “RISE Helen, get up, get up, you can do something about that.”

It framed the words I spoke to world-changers as we gathered at LifeWomen Conference 2011:

Together we will rise …

We are women with a voice

We are women who see.

We are women who hear.

We are women with a cause.

We are women whose time has come.

We are women who are not afraid.

We are women who know their God.

She RISES …  She is a gift to the world …  a revolutionary, a lover, a dreamer, a fighter – a sister!


About Helen:

Helen Burns and her husband, John, speak around the world on the topic of relationships. They host the popular TV show “Relate with John and Helen.”

Idelette McVicker
I like soggy cereal and I would like to go to every spot on the map of the earth to meet our world’s women. I dream of a world where no women or girls are for sale. I dream of a world where women and men are partners in doing the work that brings down a new Heaven on earth. My word last year was “roar” and I learned it’s not about my voice rising as much as it is about our collective voices rising in unison to bring down walls of injustice. This year, my own word is “soar.” I have three children and this place–right here, called shelovesmagazine.com–is my fourth baby. I am African, although my skin colour doesn’t tell you that story. I am also a little bit Chinese, because my heart lives there amongst the tall skyscrapers of Taipei and the mountains of Chiufen. Give me sweet chai and I think I’m in heaven. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I pledged my heart to Scott 11 years ago. I believe in kindness and calling out the song in each other’s hearts. I also believe that Love covers–my gaps, my mistakes and the distances between us. I blog at idelette.com and tweet @idelette.
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