Although this post was written a little while now I was unable to post it as I desired, due to my limitations with electricity and internet connection post hurricane maria. I have been tempted several times to just scrap it and move on to the next blog post but something kept telling me that I needed to share this. Therefore, I was compelled to share my thoughts on this one with you and I believe that someone somewhere needs to hear this as much as I needed to hear it that day.
So here goes guys, enjoy!
“The only way you would not have heard about Oprah Winfrey’s powerful Golden Globe speech is if you lived under a rock. And, although I had not been able to view the event on cable, I was compelled to search for this speech after seeing how much it had inspired so many individuals who had shared the videos over and over again via social media.
Every bit of this magnificent piece was powerful but the bit which really resonated with me was when she reminded her listeners that, ‘speaking their truth is the most powerful tool that they had.’ Powerful because truth transcends time and space and transcends the life of the truth teller. Therefore, though you may present your truth in this space and in this time the power of truth is that it will resonate way past time and space from generation to generation and in that way your truth is the most powerful tool that you possess. When you speak your truth it empowers someone else who may just have gone through or is going through something that only speaking your truth can fix. The thing is that when we are not afraid to speak our truth then we are able to live our most fulfilling lives. By repressing our truth we are preventing ourselves from fully growing and evolving into our most authentic self. Many times people force themselves to stifle their truth out of fear; fear of what others may think of them, fear of how it may make others feel or fear of being rejected. However, by stifling our truth it only causes us to manifest a façade of who we truly are and not our real selves.
Sometimes speaking our truth may not reap results that are favorable or may not reap immediate results all together. Sometimes speaking our truth may land us in places or situations that we may not like but let the fact that speaking your truth now may yield benefits for future generations and you may just be the vessel God uses to fulfill this very powerful mission. Like Rosa Parks who had to speak her truth on that bus that day and remain seated so that we all today could have a chance to sit anywhere we desire. Like Recy Taylor who Oprah mentioned in her Golden Globes speech who had been abducted and raped by 6 white men on her way home from church in Alabama. In spite of being threatened by these men if she even told the story again, if it had been reported to the NAACP where at the time Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case; they worked together to seek justice in a Jim Crow era where justice wasn’t an option for them and the men who assaulted Recy were never held accountable for that crime. In spite of this fact they never let fear or intimidation drown their voice because the truth within them was more potent than the fear that lay ahead.
By not speaking our truth we are denying ourselves the right and the privilege to live completely. When you speak your truth it’s an expression of self-love and self-acceptance. By denying yourself the privilege of speaking your truth it expresses a lack of self-acceptance and of doubt and uncertainty in your story and in your ability to create the the life you are destined to live. Life will not always be perfect and it won’t always work out as we imagined it to, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of if we remind ourselves that we are here, we are whole and we are enough to shift the story in the direction that we desire and make a significant impact in this world. By being confident in our truth we give ourselves the power to speak it without fear or intimidation.
And just like Sidney Poitier’s truth was used to inspire a little girl in Milwaukee in 1964, just like Oprah’s award in 2018 has inspired so many of us in this lifetime, believe in your truth and believe that your truth will inspire others also. It may not be today or tomorrow but one day a little girl or a little boy will be inspired by your willingness to speak up and not be afraid anymore and in that way your truth will go marching on; surpassing time, space, geography, culture, race and generations.
Love, light and truth!”