lessons learned: finding my voice

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Almost 7 years ago, I sent an email to a friend.  She was in the midst of many challenges, and I wanted to be of support to her.  I didn’t know exactly what to say, but as a lover of quotes, I found someone else’s words that seemed to fit, and I sent them to her.  That continued for several days until I received word from her that she’d shared the emails with another friend who asked if I’d mind including her.

Time passed, and the quotes grew into personal meditations, and one friend grew into a list of followers.  By the time I started this blog, the words I’d found, both others and my own, had touched the lives of many.

Now while this may not seem so miraculous to you, especially if you are a blogger, what you need to know is that in college, I had a professor who told me that I would never be a writer.  And along the way, I’ve had other folks suggest that I should just keep quiet rather than beg the questions related to social injustice.

From that first email until this blog post, I have been been searching to find my voice and express it so that my words could draw attention to things that matter–environmental sustainability, spiritual formation, community service, and so on.

On this day, Americans celebrate a man revered for the power of his words–words that challenged a nation and comforted a people.  Words filled will passion while spoken with compassion.

And so, as I continue my journey to share my voice, I am grateful to have the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a reminder that we we must not be silent.  Regardless of how few or small our voices, what we say matters.  Whether it be to one, some or many, we make a difference.

In closing, I’d like to express my gratitude for those who have stopped by growing grace farm to read about what we are doing here and how our lives our changed by this place.  You have offered me a forum to explore what environmentalism and spirituality mean to my soul, and in that sense, you have given me a gift every day.  Thank you.

6 thoughts on “lessons learned: finding my voice

  1. Thank you for these words for today. So true. Makes me think of a picture in my office which says, “All that it takes for evil to exist in the world is for a few good people to do nothing.”.

  2. Good Morning,
    I want to thank you too, in your blog, I found many of my own values and principles in your writings. While I don’t have time to write a blog, if I did, I would share the same important thoughts and meditations. I am so glad that many other women, including myself are lifted and inspired by your words. I feel that is part of our work in this world, to life others and to serve. Blessings to your day,
    Kathleen

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