“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”
I remember a time when I hesitated to use my authentic voice. I was silent due to fear. I couldn’t rationalize what would happen if I spoke up. I was only a small child.
As I entered my teenage years, that started to change. I realized my power right out of high school during my first year of college. It was when a group of students encouraged me to run for Black Student Union President as a freshman. This told me that I had a voice and people actually listened to me.
I learned to adjust my volume, tone, and pitch to please others. I learned to calm others with a smile and be empathetic. I learned to see others through a divinely inspired lens – overlooking flaws (mine and theirs) to get to a precious common ground by nurturing relationships that matter.
I didn’t always know how to use my voice effectively. That got me into trouble occasionally. However, more often my voice benefited me in that I was seen as a natural born leader. ‘
Most importantly, I learned that my voice is essential and I am not going to be silent…
Peace and blessings,