Friday, February 1, 2013

Be Haunted By the Voices Within

Act #32:  Trust the universe.  Trust yourself.

Today, three very different women, who have impacted me in different ways, are packing up their offices and closing a significant chapter in their vocational lives.  One was to be be President of the United States.  One worked for 25 years at a feminist, anti-violence non-profit organization where she started when she was just 18 years old.  And one has worked quietly behind the scenes of a small liberal arts college for the past 5 years.  While at the surface, these women may not have much in common, hailing from places as different as Chicago, IL, Whitesburg, KY and upstate New York, one quality that they all unequivocally share is this: 

They listened to that still, small voice inside. 

Neither has clarity on what lies ahead, how they will spend their days, where they will be (although I have a hunch that one may have a few book deals lined up), but they each know for certain that it was their time to move on, to seek that which feeds their souls.  And while their journeys have been distinctly different, at some point recently, they all chose to embrace that still, small voice inside.

Whether you call it God, or intuition, or calling, we all have the capacity to hear that voice.  Rosa Parks listened when she refused to give up her seat on that bus.  Dawn Lafferty listened when she gave up her life to stop a shooter from entering her school. 

So often we are crippled with fear of the unknown, fear of discomfort, and fear of failure. And we ignore that voice.  In honor of these women, and countless others who came before us, paved the way for us, won't you take a moment to listen to that still, small voice inside telling you what you already know?  What your greatest self is capable of.  What truly feeds your soul.  What would you do today if you knew you could not fail?

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