TURNING POINT

Note from Dhara Dedicated to Former US President Barack Obama and Sheela Birnstiel popularly known as “Ma Anand Sheela”.

Barack Obama

I left my career for my love and moved to the United States to be with him. Little did I know what was I sacrificing for the love of my life and what world was I going to enter.

 

Tied by the law, I couldn’t be employed without a legal work permit. I tried at more than 300 media publications but it isn’t easy to get a legal work sponsorship in US for a foreign national, if you aren’t into a specialty profession or have studied here. In the meanwhile, I got pregnant and fell into the hands of motherhood and a “homemaker.”

 

A day in my life didn’t pass by when I didn’t think about getting back onto my feet and restarting my career. A lot of requests and contemplations were going on for granting the work permits to spouses of legal H1- Visa employees. As a lot of H4 spouses lost their careers, self-worth, and self-esteem in spite of being highly qualified professionals and had slipped into depression.

 

One day, former US President Barack Obama used the powers vested into him and announced ‘H4 visa holders a legal work permit with some conditions applied.’ Many spouses like me are eternally grateful to the former President who understood our plight.

- Former US President terms 2009-2017

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Maa Anand Sheela

Six years had passed without working and it got more and more difficult for me to explain the gap of my sabbatical and couldn’t land a job.

Though I was jobless but still, I would motivate and help my friends and family members who achieved success with my mentoring. So somehow, I started compiling “Powerhouse Within You” but left after writing 20 pages. I was completely convinced that I had lost the zeal in this cut-throat competitive world. Then a documentary was released on Netflix “Wild Wild Country.” After watching the series, I had an extreme urge to connect with Maa Anand Sheela. I searched for her on all social media platforms but found no success. I kept on reading about her, going through each and every material on the web in the hope of finding some lead.

After great efforts, I found an email address and emailed her along with my phone number. To my surprise, she replied to my email and even initiated a video call with me.
She said, “When I read your email, it touched my heart and I realized that this girl is a writer (without me sharing my background with her.) Where are you working she asked me?”
I replied, “Maa I was a Journalist in India but now I am a homemaker and I have lost the zeal and I am not working anywhere.”

While talking tears started flowing down my eyes when she called me a “Writer” like a dam of water that flows when the gates are opened.

She said, “Are you represented by any media right now? Think deep, how did you find me and why did I feel compelled to talk to you? I have been so busy with media interviews from all over the world after the release of the documentary, yet your email stood out and I chose to revert personally. You haven’t lost your zeal at all. All you need is just a little push. Don’t give up on your dreams and yourself. What is gone is gone, Keep moving forward.”

Her kind words were all I needed. It made me rethink and motivated to give myself another chance. I am and will always be grateful to her.Sometimes in life you need to give yourself just ‘ONE’ more chance and invest in yourself.

Thomas Edison.

- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to ‘Succeed’ is to always TRY just ONE MORE TIME"

Note from Dhara Dedicated to Former US President Barack Obama and Sheela Birnstiel popularly known as “Ma Anand Sheela”.

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Barack Obama

I left my career for my love and moved to the United States to be with him. Little did I know what was I sacrificing for the love of my life and what world was I going to enter.

 

Tied by the law, I couldn’t be employed without a legal work permit. I tried at more than 300 media publications but it isn’t easy to get a legal work sponsorship in US for a foreign national, if you aren’t into a specialty profession or have studied here. In the meanwhile, I got pregnant and fell into the hands of motherhood and a “homemaker.”

 

A day in my life didn’t pass by when I didn’t think about getting back onto my feet and restarting my career. A lot of requests and contemplations were going on for granting the work permits to spouses of legal H1- Visa employees. As a lot of H4 spouses lost their careers, self-worth, and self-esteem in spite of being highly qualified professionals and had slipped into depression.

 

One day, former US President Barack Obama used the powers vested into him and announced ‘H4 visa holders a legal work permit with some conditions applied.’ Many spouses like me are eternally grateful to the former President who understood our plight.

- Former US President terms 2009-2017

images
Maa Anand Sheela

Six years had passed without working and it got more and more difficult for me to explain the gap of my sabbatical and couldn’t land a job.

Though I was jobless but still, I would motivate and help my friends and family members who achieved success with my mentoring. So somehow, I started compiling “Powerhouse Within You” but left after writing 20 pages. I was completely convinced that I had lost the zeal in this cut-throat competitive world. Then a documentary was released on Netflix “Wild Wild Country.” After watching the series, I had an extreme urge to connect with Maa Anand Sheela. I searched for her on all social media platforms but found no success. I kept on reading about her, going through each and every material on the web in the hope of finding some lead.

After great efforts, I found an email address and emailed her along with my phone number. To my surprise, she replied to my email and even initiated a video call with me.
She said, “When I read your email, it touched my heart and I realized that this girl is a writer (without me sharing my background with her.) Where are you working she asked me?”
I replied, “Maa I was a Journalist in India but now I am a homemaker and I have lost the zeal and I am not working anywhere.”

While talking tears started flowing down my eyes when she called me a “Writer” like a dam of water that flows when the gates are opened.

She said, “Are you represented by any media right now? Think deep, how did you find me and why did I feel compelled to talk to you? I have been so busy with media interviews from all over the world after the release of the documentary, yet your email stood out and I chose to revert personally. You haven’t lost your zeal at all. All you need is just a little push. Don’t give up on your dreams and yourself. What is gone is gone, Keep moving forward.”

Her kind words were all I needed. It made me rethink and motivated to give myself another chance. I am and will always be grateful to her.Sometimes in life you need to give yourself just ‘ONE’ more chance and invest in yourself.

Thomas Edison.

- “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to ‘Succeed’ is to always TRY just ONE MORE TIME"

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