One of my favorite sayings is “Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.” This Maggie Kuhn quote happens to be one of my favorite sayings because I am still at the beginning of my journey in sharing my thoughts out loud.
I repeat that quote to myself whether concerning verbal communication or my written communication.
I typically think far more than I speak. I always have. Since powering through Susan Cain’s brilliant book, Quiet recently, I have learned more about the strength in my introversion.
I no longer have to feel weird or out of place or ashamed with the fact that I think and listen more than I speak. I happen to believe it is my gift.
That being said however, life is best with balance. I have learned to get more comfortable in sharing my thoughts aloud. I still struggle with this and it is a progressive work. It is not my main strength. Regardless, I have always been drawn to the power of words.
I love learning how and why people communicate to each in certain ways. Writing is a special way to express my unique thoughts with a wide and vast audience. It gives a viewing window inside my head and life.
Writing helps me to collect and deliver my thoughts in a way that resonates with others. Blogging was so intimidating at first. I had blogged one time before while studying and traveling abroad in Nicaragua and Costa Rica for 5 months.
Blogging then seemed simple because I just shared what my experiences were like but the common theme of traveling and taking on new experiences bonded every post together. People enjoyed reading and seeing both something new and familiar through my eyes.
When I came back to exploring a new blog, I talked myself out of it many times. How could I add something new to the conversation?
I decided that every week I would speak the truth I live. Sometimes it may be comical, sometimes serious, sometimes simple, sometimes complex, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes sad, sometimes eye-opening, sometimes maddening but always spoken in truth.