Speak boldly. Speak truthfully. Just speak up.
So, I’m not too sure if you’ve noticed but I’ve been a bit quiet on the Blog front as of late… It hasn’t been intentional; I suppose I’ve just been in a space where I’ve felt a little insecure about my voice. Now when I say voice, I don’t mean the physical air that exists from our lungs, diaphragm, throat, voice box, mouth and nose etc. but more the proverbial ‘voice’ that everyone seems to be referring to lately. The voice that comes from our hearts. It’s almost been like I haven’t had anything to say or share. Have you ever found yourself in such a place? Well, out of that actually came my inspiration for today's post, which is going to look a little different than what you're used to on this page, I suppose.
So - I was reading the post written by Xandri Swart a while ago (Speech Therapy student – GO CHECK IT OUT!) in which she says, everyone has a voice and everyone deserves to be heard, which got me thinking - How often do we mistake the physical voice of a person with the voice of their hearts? This then, furthermore, got me thinking about all the vulnerable, oppressed, neglected, abused and the disabled children and people out there, who might not be able to speak up for themselves but certainly have the longing to share the words that have been written on their hearts and even more so what am I doing about it? What are we doing about it?
I realise that I'm getting quite 'involved' or 'invested' today, which most of training warns us against. I've just been sensing as of late, that a longing for change is in the air. I get it - We can't save everyone, but man if we're willing put ourselves out there, I truly believe that we can at least save someone (whatever 'saving' might look like to them). Allot of us are blessed enough to be able to speak up for ourselves, share our deepest longings, raise our concerns, express our opinions, the list goes on… Yet, there are so many out there, who are unable to do so, whether it be due to physical or emotional reasons. So instead of an informative post, today’s one is meant to serve as a charge, an encouragement or even just a bit of a push, to both you and me, to start speaking up, advocating and fighting for those who are unable to do so for themselves.
As any professional, teacher, therapist, psychologist, nurse, sister, doctor, coach, social worker, family member, neighbour, friend or even stranger to someone in need, speaking up is something we’re able to do, whether we feel ‘qualified’ or ‘equipped’ to do so, or not. It really is as simple as using our voices.
I think, so often, because of broken or just-plain-flimsy systems, we can start to feel like our hands are tied. We can even start to become de-sensitized. What difference could we possibly make? Here’s the thing though, maybe we’re just over complicating it. I, honestly, think it can be as simple as giving every child, parent, care giver, client, patient or person the time of day. Meeting them where they are at. Providing them with unconditional respect, regard and love. Putting our own agendas, goals or aspirations aside and actually getting to know the children or people that we get to work with. Truly listening to their stories and even if they’re unable to tell those stories, themselves, getting to know the beating hearts of the people behind the stories.
It’s only through relationship that we can truly begin to fight for others. There’s a person behind every disease, every learning difficulty, every trauma, every disability, you fill in the blank... So, let’s start calling that out of the children or people we het to work with, especially those who don’t yet believe that themselves. People who feel defined by their lack, their struggle or their circumstance.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - Never doubt your influence. It’s time. Speak boldly. Speak truthfully. Just speak up.