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Speak Now and Forever Hold Your Peace

Speak Now and Forever Hold Your Peace

Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare.   Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.  And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them.   And new ones will find you and cherish you.  
 
And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.” ~ Audre Lorde
In the last few days I have hashed and re-hashed over various subjects to post about.  None have seemed quite appropriate to my current season. Until I stumbled upon the above quote by Audre Lord.  
 
I have always shied away from confrontation (not to be confused with non-confrontational because as humans we are all faced with conflicts now and again).  I also tend to remain silent rather than speak my mind — out of intimidation or for fear of not being heard, acknowledged or just plain fear.  I wouldn’t express my ideas for fear that they weren’t good enough, or didn’t make sense.  I wouldn’t express myself for fear of invalidation or that no would agree with me.
 
I have realized that this stance does not serve me well.  Imagine all of the creativity I’ve wasted because I haven’t shared!  You will hear me say on many occasions that God is slapping Himself in the forehead because many of us are sitting on the gifts, talents and abilities He’s given us instead of  sharing them with the world.  The tragedy!  All because we are afraid no one else will think our offerings are as great as we do.
In my case, Audre Lord’s quote hits home – I asked myself – “what’s the worse that can happen?”  If you can withstand whatever “worse” your words may dredge up, then it is worth it to break your silence.  It’s worth it for you to stand up for yourself.  It’s worth it because – even if you only halfway inspire ONE person among those others you may anger, or who may put you down, etc. – you’ve spoken your truth.  That’s golden!
 
It is not important whether your words are heard, acknowledged or validated.  But what is most important is that your truth is spoken.  And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and go to the party.
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LaShanda D Pitts
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LaShanda D Pitts

What’s the worse that could happen? Sharing this my network of sisters.

Cheryl
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Cheryl

What I gained from this awesome article is if you touch just one person with what you shared, then it was worth it. Beautifully written piece.

Karmen T.
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Karmen T.

Great article. Great inspiration. Thank you for this. We definitely need to hear that more often. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Love.

Mona T.
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Mona T.

Great article and a reminder that our God given gift is for us to share with the world. We were blessed to be a blessing.

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