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Friday, February 5, 2010
Speaking My Truth
TODAY I FOUND MY VOICE.
As I get ready to retire for the night, I am feeling a bit vulnerable and a lot empowered. For the past couple of months, I have felt pressured and bullied by a system that ought to be encouraging and supporting me.
I had internalized the feelings of anger and disappointment because I didn't feel like it was a battle worth fighting at this stage of the game. What was happening was that I was getting really depressed. I was feeling hopeless.
What I believe today is that if I cannot advocate for myself, I will not be able to do the same for others. I cannot let fear get in the way when situations are unfair and unreasonable.
While it may require courage to stand up for what I believe, the price I will pay for not speaking my truth is much too high.
~Ms. T. J.
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