“Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes,” said Maggie Kuhn.
Last night I dreamt about women standing up in a huge auditorium and saying what’s on their minds and in their hearts. Two women talked about how hard it is to keep their hair looking good – the first woman felt alone and scared; she asked the second woman to stand with her.
Then another woman stood up and announced that she’s finally pregnant! Her husband started their announcement; she loudly and proudly finished it. Two other women played their instruments – a trumpet and a tambourine – in celebration and support.
Our voices matter. My voice matters, and so does yours.
Speak your truth
It doesn’t matter if you speak up about something as “inconsequential” as how to keep your hair from frizzing up in the rain or why you decided to go to Colorado instead of Columbia. It doesn’t matter if you’re announcing a baby bump, a new business, or a bike ride down the block.
Your voice matters. Your spirit, your energy, and your plans have a real and direct effect on the world around you – whether or not you see the results.
Stand aside and let the critical voices pass
I’m a wee bit embarrassed to admit how judgmental I was of the first two women who spoke up in my dream.
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“Who cares about how hard it is to keep a hairstyle looking good?” I thought. “How boring!”
I can’t always silence my critical inner voice – or the judgments of other people – but I can step aside and let those voices pass right on by. Instead of sitting in the crowd judging other women for what they say, I stand alongside those who actually have courage to stand up and speak out.
It’s okay if you’re not ready to speak your truth! It takes time to figure out what’s in your heart and mind. But don’t sit in judgment of other women who are voicing their thoughts.
Maybe you’re still searching for your passion or purpose…maybe it’s your time to pick up a tambourine or trumpet and march alongside a woman who is speaking up for what she believes in. Even if it’s “just” her hair.
Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes, and you will Blossom in wildly unexpected shapes, colors, and sizes.
Be bold. Be brave.
In peace and passion,
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