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To all who are concerned about what’s happening in the world but stay silent because you don’t want to offend your circles or shine bright, listen up.
We need you.
The vacuum created when you don’t use your voice is – and will always be – filled with those who do.
And as we have learned, the loudest voices can win. Not because they are right, but because they are heard.
Therefore, the answer is not to shrink – it’s to elevate the conversation. In order to do that, however, we must first elevate ourselves.
It is not enough to be passionate. Passion is the starting point, but passion without wisdom inspires no one. Worse, it repels many.
Inspiration comes from a deeper place and it requires spiritual vision. In other words, it requires seeing beyond what your eyes tell you is true to the truer truth underneath.
That we are one. That what serves the individual serves the collective and that what you believe about another is a reflection of what you believe about yourself.
It’s clear we are living through a time of great change – but the benefit of change is that it gives us an opportunity to go back to the basics and, from a spiritual perspective, there is nothing more basic than this:
We aren’t just like each other. We are each other.
The sooner we understand this, the sooner we can resist the urge to keep dividing ourselves into groups that are becoming more tribal by the hour.
Martin Luther King famously said that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Your words matter now.
Use them to soften the world you can touch.
Use them to be the reason someone believes we will emerge stronger.
But, most of all, use them.