“Many of us are tone deaf and cannot sing our own song, because we never learned the melody, we have forgotten it or we allowed someone or something else to drown it out.”
Missing the march was not an option, whether you were right in the middle of it or watching from posts on Facebook or catching it in the news. It is reported that three plus million women (and some men and children) joined the march to let their voice be heard.
What a gift it is that we live in a country where we can protest if we desire!
My hunch, though, is that a good portion of the marchers and fans on the sidelines were carried away by the current of the crowd. It was buzzy! It was exciting! It was alive! It was shouting with a LOUD voice.
Have you considered whether or not it was speaking with the voice of each beautiful individual in the crowd?
Many of us are tone deaf and cannot sing our own song, because we never learned the melody, we have forgotten it or we allowed someone or something else to drown it out.
Voice coach, Carolyn Sloan, makes this discovery, “I realized that a voice is like a life. When it is freed and allowed to resonate in its natural channels, beauty abounds. If it is forced, manipulated or controlled in any willful, arbitrary manner, the voice—the life—withers and eventually loses its innate energy and dies.”
Hear me, I am in no way saying, “Don’t march”. I am not saying, “Don’t join your voice with others.” I am saying, find your voice, know it, let it be the one who speaks for you and guides your steps.
The marcher’s lives most likely intersect on some points, but when we all get back home, life is pretty much the same unless we decide to live it differently. And if I want to change my life, it is imperative that I find my voice and use it on my behalf. I honestly don’t want the crowd to speak for me. I am my greatest asset and provided I know my voice, I am my best advocate.
Carolyn Sloan, in her book Finding Your Voice adds this, “What I am describing here is the need for authenticity. A voice is a unique as the person it belongs to, and in order to truly sing, that fact needs to be respected, even as we are told that our voices should conform to some idealized form of singing. Years ago, I found myself caught in a common trap, thinking there is only one correct way to sing. In fact, there is one way…your way!…your voice, your work, your life. You must take responsibility for sailing the ship. There I was for years running to every other singer I could find for help, when ironically, becoming a better singer came down to trusting my own abilities, to finding my own voice.”
So I ask you this…
Whose beat are you marching to? Who are you listening to? What voice are you using to sing your song? Your rhythm is perfect for you. Your voice resonates within your being.