I am grateful for my voice.
"Listening is an act of love. The soul is contained in the human voice".
I love this quote from the founder of the radio series "Story Corps".
As a kid, instead of playing on the swings, I loved chatting it up with the parents of the kids on the swings. I loved asking them questions like, "what's for dinner tonight or what are you doing on the weekend, or where are you going this summer?" I remember one of the dads telling me,
"You ask too many questions, you need to be a reporter!"
In looking back and reflecting on this, my curiosity in others was a way for me to step into their world and to experience life through their eyes. Voice became a vehicle to their souls. Through conversation, in between words and silences, I discovered a newness in the other.
Our voices tell our stories. Through using our voices for questioning and listening, we help others believe that their stories matter. That we matter.
The voice is such a powerful human gift. It has the power to change hearts and minds....and the intensity to tremble and crumble hearts.
Thank you to the incredible voices who allowed me into their souls to share their stories.