I write about silence a lot, it’s healing power, why we need more of it in our lives, ways to find silence in the midst of our hectic lives. But as with so many important truths, there is a paradox.
Silence is vitally important- but so is speaking out. As with so many things it is using discernment and wisdom to determine what the situation calls for. There is a time for silence and a time for speaking our truth, for using our voice and breaking the silence.
Watching Ted talks is one of my favorite pastimes. I always find something interesting and it helps to give me new ways of looking at things.
I recently watched this Ted Talk by Clint Smith who is a teacher and a slam poet. There were so many times where I wanted to stop the talk so I could write down some of his wisdom and to take a moment to let the wisdom sink in.
One of the things that struck me was this:
I have four core principles posted on the board that sits in the front of my class, which every student signs at the beginning of the year:
Tell your truth.
What a different world it would be if we followed those core principles.
The recent events in Ferguson and the ensuing discussion have reminded me that we all have different experiences, we all walk through lives with our own filters, our own perceptions of how the world is and should be. It has reminded me that silence about our experiences doesn’t serve anyone and that we have much to learn from each other.
I have determined that life is much better when I recognize my sphere of influence and begin with me, so in that spirit I will recommit to reading critically, writing consciously, speaking clearly, and telling my truth.
And one thing I can trust, beautiful things happen when you take risks.