Yes indeed. Speak your truth quietly and clearly but listen to others too; even to the so-called dull and the ignorant for they too have their own story.
I love those words, and they come from a piece which has line after line of powerful words. The piece is called ‘Desiderata’. When it was first discovered in a church it was thought to be ancient writing, but it was then revealed to have been written in 1929 by Max Ehrmann.
It’s a wonderful piece, it’s been used by many people in quote images, obviously including myself!
Speaking your truth means being honest with others and being honest with yourself, about yourself. It means being true to the real you, your real opinions, your real passions.
When it comes to doing it quietly, that means you don’t need to shout! You don’t need to rant, to try and overpower or dominate others with your opinions. It’s often the case that opinions offered quietly can be more powerful than those being yelled.
Now, that’s not to say you should be a timid mouse about your opinions! Don’t be afraid to give them, don’t be afraid to stand behind them and hold fast because the times will surely come when others try to beat them down.
Of course, if you’re going to give your opinions or your truth both quietly and clearly, you need to be sure about what they are. You need to have looked into issues and looked deep within yourself to get to that solid foundation that underpins the essence of who you are, what you believe and why you believe what you do believe.
Once you have that foundation in place, you’ll be able to express it clearly, because it will be the same every time, and you’ll learn how to communicate it to others.
So, if you’ve been open minded to other opinions than yours, it also holds that you are prepared to listen to others; and yes that includes the ‘dull’ and the ‘ignorant’.Of course ‘dull’ and ‘ignorant’ are subjective terms – not particularly politically correct either, but in the context of the point I’m making, they work, and here’s why…
People considered to be dull and/or ignorant might simply be quiet. They might simply be happy with their own company. They might be introverted. Who knows what their story might be, and that’s precisely the point.
They have their story. They might want to tell it just as much as you want to tell yours. The fact that you might have to listen hard, or they might not be able to express themselves very well doesn’t mean it isn’t there, nor does it make it less valid or authentic.
It’s just as much there, and just as much valid as anyone else’s – as yours, as mine, as the loud, boorish, dominant ones, and for all we know they might have the richest story of all.
So, be sure of your truth. Be prepared to stand up for it and express it, but you don’t have to dominate others with it. Listen to anyone else expressing their own truth, challenge it if you want, and if you have to work a little harder to get to the story of some people, then so be it!
I really do enjoy “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann, I do suggest you search it out, and I’m sure I’ll be revisiting it again in other articles, as it keeps providing wonderful personal development points like this one!