” I was going to die sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you… Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest its personal. And the world will not end. And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will fall in love with your own vision, which you may never have realised you had… And at last you’ll know with surprising certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” Audre Lorde
Here is part of what I wrote in my last post:
“We now have the freedom to vote, choose, express opinion, work and earn money, associate or assemble with those of our choosing, become educated, or be elected into positions of power… We are now free to pursue whatever we desire in terms of our dress, our leisure activities and our relationships with each other – in both the coming together or the breaking apart.”
I do not believe all that is true. It appears to be true. In reality it is not all true. I believe all members of our society do not have all those freedoms (of speech, expression, opinion, assembly, education etc). I believe every person in inter-personal relationships or in social groups do not have the same freedoms or power to speak as others. I believe they should have. One of my goals is to find my voice and to express my opinion and my beliefs on that. This is something that is burning within my soul. My desire to speak those truths.
That has become part of my purpose:
My purpose is to find my voice and to speak my truth.
Great post Elizabeth! And its true, not everyone is privileged enough to speak their truth and so if we can, it is indeed a gift.
I’m sure everyone who reads your blog is glad you are finding your voice, as you have so much to share and give, when speaking your truth.
It has taken a while to find my real voice. For so long I spoke how I was ‘supposed’ to speak, and I said what I was ‘supposed’ to say. Now my real voice is beginning to emerge.
Love this Elizabeth! I agree, we believe in equality, but this society doesn’t truly live it. It isn’t just external circumstances, but what happens within us that prevents us from speaking up and speaking our truth.
I applaud your purpose and how it will inspire others to find their voices too!
You can be the change Elizabeth, not only for yourself but the world.
Yes, I am really only just learning to find my own voice (as opposed to that voice that speaks what I am ‘supposed’ to speak) and it does create an inner sense of peace as never before experienced.
I love it Elizabeth! I look forward to more of your truths. ❤
Yes, you will hear more of these as time goes on. It is taking me a while to sort out my truths from what I had thought was my truth. It is an interesting exercise.
Awesome post Elizabeth! I can relate! The only thing that prevents us from speaking our truth, is fear. And the only thing that causes others to lash out, is fear. But in the end, love trumps fear, Speak always from a place of love! Namaste!
Good advice here. Love over fear. Thanks for that.
I am looking forward to hearing your voice, Elizabeth, and your purpose. The truth shall set you free!
Finding the truth is one thing. Speaking it is another HUGE step. Nevertheless, it is liberating. So I shall see how I go.
I like how you pointed out, not everyone is still able to express themselves freely, in this life, in this world of unbalanced relationships and less freedom of speech in other countries, too. I feel blessed for finding my voice, I hope it is one that is okay, that others may ‘like’ from time to time, meanwhile being happy within myself is enough for me!
You do seem a very happy contented person and one that has become ore so over time. I have seen that change. Bets wishes.
A very well penned and ready witted-post. Nice one!.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes, Aquileana 😀
Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I really appreciate it.
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