In honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr. it seemed only fitting to use one of his many wise quotes on this important day.
The past few years I’ve become more and more in touch with how much damage we do to ourselves and others when we remain silent. Silent about the injustices we observe happening to others, silent about the injustices happening to us. Silent about concerns, or little things eating away at us, and on and on.
I do not feel at all equipped to write on this but I do know that we have a responsibility to value and illuminate especially the voices and stories of those who have been silenced. In the past year, the stories of Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and many more have surfaced. And while your inclination may be to ignore their stories (for whatever your reasons may be), your denial serves no one. One of the best people I know says, “Communication is love.”
So for the sake of your own self care and the caring of others, SPEAK UP! Push against the resistance! It will be uncomfortable sometimes, but who said life would always be comfortable. Drown out the voices of those who do not teach LOVE but preach hate. They do not deserve or need anymore air space.
Do not allow silence to be a option.
Take care of YOU and others.