Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.
– Maggie Kuhn
This quote resonates with me. I call it vibrating, but “shakes” works just as well.
Life keeps whispering to me, “Stay in the conversation,” but I don’t instinctively take that advice. I’m more apt to leave the conversation than use my voice; instead, hightail it out of there.
At least, that’s what I used to do. Now, I stay.
It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always pretty or linear or cozy, but it’s real and worth the time to stay in the conversation, that is, until the conversation is over.
Don’t worry. There’s always another conversation to be had. There’s constant fluidity in this life, moving from one moment to the next, and we are forever offered opportunities to embrace what we were afraid to do before.
If I don’t learn today, another opportunity presents itself, if I’m willing. With practice, staying in the conversation has gotten easier, though, I have to say I don’t look forward to it.
What is a comfort, though, is that I know I can do it. I can use my voice and genuinely listen, participate, and see all of this conversation, if you will, as just good discussion.
There’s always time for that, right?
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