aha12: add your voice


In times of uncertainty, I’ve been known to adopt a wait-and-see posture.

To sit on my hands in silence and take my cues from events outside of myself —

Listen intently —

Perhaps even nod my head —

Neither one way —

Or the other.

Chiming in, from time to time, with an uncommitted —


Quite safe as far as postures go —

Wouldn’t you agree?

Some might even call it —

Remaining open.  Flexible.  Ready for —




It can also be limiting.

To myself.  My relationships.  And the greater good of —

Any unfolding endeavor.

When I refuse to add my voice —

There’s no chance for harmonization.  No chance for a greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts outcome.

And a high probability that my own growth will be stunted, bent passively under the emerging agenda’s growing shadow.

Sure, there are also risks with speaking up and taking a position.

Maybe the notes I contribute will be a bit too sharp for the conductor’s ear and I’ll be tossed out of the orchestra.

But it’s also just as likely that I could strike the galvanizing chord without knowing it  —

Or that —

In the harmonization process, I could find myself happily —

Changing my own tune.

Whatever the outcome, I win.

I move forward together —

Or in search of the next set of partners.

But always with —

A strong and clear song in my heart.

Can you think of times when you perhaps prevented a relationship or situation from reaching its full potential because you refused to add your voice?  Do you know why?  What will you do to get clear, be heard — and attract the right partners and opportunities to your “heart songs”?

ORIGINALLY POSTED AUG 30, 2011 on everydayahas.com

Author: Julie Ann Stevens

My art flows from the patterns & paths of my lived experience which ⏤ like yours ⏤ are at once deeply personal and entirely universal.

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