I re-watched the 2021 movie, Voyagers, about a crew of young people who are sent to start a new planet because earth has become uninhabitable. It will take 80 years to get there, so many of them won’t make it but the hope is some would. During the trip, things go south really fast when their guardian is killed by one of the kids. I won’t tell you all the details, but suffice to say that the bully begins manipulating people into hating each other out of sheer lust for power and control. Sound familiar to you?
Where they once had team meetings to talk about things, one person was now dominating. If anyone spoke their contrary opinion, everyone would shout SHUT UP at them until they were silenced, drowned out by their hate. I sat there feeling like I was watching social media and our current state of affairs play out. We have gotten to the point where only one view point is acceptable, and if you don’t agree with it, you will not only be silenced, but you just might be removed from the platform – completely removed. We are in dangerous waters.
As I was walking the dog one early morning where the air was crisp with a slight breeze, I realized how quiet it was outside. I actually heard a small leaf blow by. This tiny little thing crinkled its way past me, leaving behind all it knew. I was impressed with the reminder that if the smallest of things like a leaf can make a sound for all to hear, then we ALL have a voice.
And, we don’t have to shout. I dare to say that those who are calm, quiet but persistent are the ones to pay attention. We aren’t buying into the game of hate but are insistent upon seeking and speaking the truth. Yes, you have a voice!
Please don’t quiet yourself in fear of offending someone. We need truth spoken in love, otherwise the lies and deceit win. It shouldn’t be all about one side at the expense of the other. We all have rights, and we need to be fighting and protecting them.
I encourage you to use your voice where and how you can. We are all different. I’m a writer and have been since I was a child, but words may not come easily for you. Find a way to use your voice: service to others, volunteering for a good cause and voting are just a few examples. Just know that you shouldn’t be silent. We all have the right to speak up. When some of us are silenced, we run the risk of all of us being “shut up.” Let’s not repeat history, please.
Communication, both written and verbal, is crucial in the world we live in. If you don’t have the confidence to speak in front of others, call me! I can coach you to speak with confidence. Don’t have your tongue tied ever again!
Another way to improve your communication is to get a copy of my book, Leveraging Your Communication Style, where you discover your unique way of speaking and then learn how to adapt it to speak to others.