“Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” -Thomas Paine
The world is full of noise.
I find it on Facebook, news sites, on TV and blogs.
In such a noisy world, it’s easy to feel your voice – one voice of millions – doesn’t matter.
I’ve felt that way before. I’ve thought: “Well, I’m just one person. I can’t be expected to fix a problem that big.”
There are moments when I forget the power of my voice. This post is as much a reminder to me as it is a request for you. Will you use your voice, even when the world seems too noisy to hear it?
Maybe you’re not sure what “use your voice” means, or how to do it. Below are some tips to help you find your voice – it’s easy to get caught up in the noise and feel lost. Once you find it, it’s so important to use it, to protect it.
The good news is it’s easier to do than you may think.
1. Seek solitude.
Watching the news networks all day long will make you crazy. It will make you feel helpless against something bigger than one person can fix.
Take the pressure off. The only thing you need to worry about is keeping your voice. If you can do that, the world will be a better place. Find your voice by unplugging from distraction.
Take a moment be still and listen to your heart.
2. Actions speak louder than words.
Having a voice is more than words. If you feel strongly about an issue, find out how you can help and do something.
Maybe you can’t attend protests with your babies, but can you feed a family that does? Can you volunteer to share information? Donate some money? These are small sounds that can change the world. Through your actions, the voice of one can be heard and make a difference.
3. Protect your voice.
You’ve probably heard – Wisconsin is a state in turmoil right now. I’m not going to use this space to promote my anti union busting views (see, I was being sneaky there). Instead, I want to encourage you, Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and liberals alike – protect your voice with information.
Don’t blindly believe what you hear on a liberal radio program. Don’t just regurgitate every fact from Fox News. Find out for yourself.
It’s something I need to remember as the frustration in Wisconsin grows. Protect yourself from lies. Use information to build a strong foundation for your voice.
4. Get rid of apathy.
I am blessed to live a simple life, but I have to stay active in order to keep it that way. We all do. Freedom must be demanded.
While some go into debt, you can use your voice against consumerism. You can end impulse shopping today.
While the world eats food full of pesticides, you can plant an organic garden in your own backyard. Start planning – spring is almost here.
While your neighbor is never home for family meals, you can clear your schedule. You can make that time mean something.
It may seem small, but I’ve witnessed the power of one voice. I’ve seen the power of one person coming forward, then another, then one hundred thousand. It all started with one.
Find your own voice, use it, make it strong.
Let it rise in a world full of noise to say, “This is what I believe.”
“This is what I will do.”
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