Today is National Be Heard Day. This idea is a big deal to me because it is something I struggled with for a long time. As a child I was very soft spoken and often asked multiple times to repeat myself or else not heard at all. It was extremely frustrating and yet I had a very hard time making my voice carry even when I tried.
As an adult, like many lessons, this one cycles around from time to time. Currently living with a toddler and working opposite schedules from my husband leaves me feeling unheard. But I also find myself asking if what I am saying is something I'm passionate about to really project, or if I am just filling in the details of the day. Obviously there is plenty I say to my toddler, like "time to go potty", that needs heard. But it is the topics of passion that seem to project my voice farther.
So what topics do I want my voice heard? What causes do I want to add my voice to and help make a difference? What if we used today, used our voices, for more than just attention or our own wishes? How can we contribute the power of our voices for good today? And who can we lend an ear so that their need to be heard can also be fulfilled?
I'm grateful to contemplate bigger issues. I'm grateful to know my voice can be heard. I'm grateful to use my voice to advocate for those who aren't heard. I'm grateful to add my voice to things I am passionate about and know it will be heard. I'm grateful to live in a country that allows me to speak my mind. I'm grateful to see that humanity is a race and there is no need to divide it down by color or geography or any other dividing mark. I'm grateful to use my voice for love; to spread good positive messages. And I'm grateful to listen so others can be heard as well.
May today give strength to what we choose to say. May we speak to make a difference and may we listen with compassion. Have a beautiful day!