To the one who hasn’t sat quietly by while letting others dictate what you should think, or feel.
To the one who is feeling persecuted for letting your opinions be known.
To the one who has been attacked for having the courage to speak up, let your voice be heard.
To the one who has written from your heart only to be crushed by others response to those words.
To the one who is second guessing your voice, wondering if it would have been better, easier if you just sat down and shut up.
Those negative words in your head? That’s the enemy talking. He is the chairman of the negative committee. We all know he likes to talk, never a kind word.
Guess what? Not everyone will agree with what you have to say. Not everyone will like what your heart begs you to say. Say it anyway. Those negative, crushing words from others say more about them than it does about you.
There is a risk in writing from the heart, letting your voice be heard. The risk of having your feelings hurt is great. Whoever said “sticks and stones break my bones but words will never hurt me” had never been hurt by words, or found the secret to ignoring the hurtful words.
Who cannot let words hurt, even just a little? I don’t know the secret of not letting words hurt. I won’t sugar-coat it. Some days it can be a struggle.
But, I do know this: It takes courage to speak your voice. It takes a leap of faith to write from your heart what needs to be written. It takes a will greater than the negative voices to continue on.
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Let your heart be known. Let your voice be heard. There is risk. How else will anyone really know you? The risk maybe great, but the reward will be greater.
So, my friend, stand up, dust off those negative words, and listen to this. No matter what the negative committee says, YOUR words matter. YOUR heart matters. YOUR voice matters. Who are they to say it doesn’t?
Let them alone with their hateful words. You have more important things to do. You are leaping.
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