The Quiet Voice: Part 1

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My Dear Daughter,

Were you able to watch the Golden Globe Awards the other night? It was my first time watching it in a very long time. I wanted to see people would respond to TIMESUP, and how the request for people to show solidarity with the #metoo movement by dressing in black, would be received and expressed. I was not disappointed – it was a fantastic show of support and strength.

I was struck by the wide range of black gowns and formal wear that was on show, and by the remarkable and eloquent speech given by Oprah Winfrey. Her message was timely and powerful – “Speaking our truth – finding our voice” – We all need to do that!

But finding our voice may be easier for some than for others. We have so many different voices, and we have different ways of expressing ourselves. However, it is not only important to have voice – it is also important to be heard, listened to, and be respected. If we speak into to wind – no one hears.

At the Golden globe awards those who spoke – had strong voices and because there was no wind – their voices could be heard. They had a platform from which to speak and a microphone to amplify their voice and message.

But what about those of us who have a quiet voice? What about those who are afraid of speaking out? – because speaking out can mean death! What about those who have no platform from which to speak and who are silent because the circumstance of their lives prevent them for speaking out? or what about those who don’t know how to find that voice or speak their truth.?

Those of us who can find our voice and speak our truth need to stretch a helping hand to those who can’t. We need to help create the conditions that allow the still and quiet voices to be heard above the din of everyday life, and help create the environment that includes and respects their stories in the narratives of society.

We know that in our diverse world, we have many voices and many ways of expressing ourselves. We hear the voice of the young single mother expressed though her eyes and she tries to keep her children fed and educated. Without words, her eyes plead for help to make ends meet – how do we hear her plea?

We hear the voice of the caregiver expressed through her stooped tired body as she looks after a family member ravaged by illness. She needs a break from her daily toil, but she can’t afford a break – and there is no respite in sight. So she struggles on – her tired body thirsting for relief and calling out for assistance – how do we satisfy her thirst?

We hear the voice of the working mother piercing through the chaos of the morning rush and daily commute, holding job and family together with the art of an expert juggler. Balancing career aspirations with family necessities. Her 18 hour days telling her story of personal and professional aspirations – how do we support her aspirations?

We hear the voices of the activists who make eloquent submissions, who tell inspiring stories and who speak from a powerful and respected platform. But we must not forget to hear and listen to the quiet voices of those who may feel small and powerless, who may have no platform but who also have strong and inspiring stories to tell.

Yes, my daughter, we must find our voice and tell our story. In so doing, we must also hear the truth and respect the voices of those who have a still quiet voice. we must stretch out our hands to lift them up.

In another letter I will explore ways that we can lift our sisters and find or strengthen our voice. As we embark on this journey to find, or strengthen our voice. As we begin to speak our truth and tell our story – in whatever way we choose. I ask you to walk tall, hold your head high, and as always, take care of yourself.

G’ma Trica

Pat Wright, B.Sc., M.Ed. is an educator, community activist and diversity trainer with a keen interest in people, places and things. Pat has been the Toastmasters Area Governor and was recognized in the first "Who’s Who in Black Canada – 2002 edition”.

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    Any Humphrey

    February 1, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Another great article! Keep up the good work.

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