More on “finding one’s voice”

I’m still pondering the topic of “finding one’s voice” from my August 13th post.

As per the quote from Melinda Gates, “A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.”

That statement is true for anyone.  People who “find their voice” are heard.  Examples of famous people who have found their voice over the years are amazingly diverse – Malala, Ghandi, Oprah, and the recent musician Hozier.  They all firmly believe in what they have to say and have their own perspective for saying it.   People listen to them.

In my August 13 post, I provided two links to resources for “finding your voice.”  I’ve been working through these two resources and am finding them useful.  It’s occurring to me that my own voice is loudest when I speak on matters that I truly believe in, such as speaking about the work I’ve been doing with incarcerated women since 1993.  Seeing the lives of incarcerated women transform from a place of bleak desperation to a place of hope and meaning warms my soul.

I am realizing that I have too often stifled comments that I most believe in out of a belief that what I have to say might not be popular in the contexts where I have stifled those comments.  It’s time for that to change. That is unproductive & ineffective as it keeps people from hearing multiple perspectives.  It also stifles my own engagement in the world.  Further, it’s holding back my writing – writers need to have something meaningful to say.

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