Speak Freely: Two very simple words that were recently spoken to me by a friend when I tried to carefully navigate offering a suggestion I had, it was a simple suggestion but the relationship was gaining new ground, and I wasn’t sure exactly where we stood and if I could offer my thoughts and ideas.
Was that ok? – I asked, and these return words “you can speak freely to me about anything”. As I read this – all in a text message I think I held my breath and let out a deep sigh while I let these words wash over me like a healing stream.
All week I have been thinking about these words, and how often have I been censoring myself. How often have I communicated something only to wonder how it would be taken or if it would be heard at all. How often have I not spoken freely or worse yet silence my own voice where I should have always been allowed to speak freely. What amazing power there was for me in those two words so I wanted to share them.
I run a company where I am so aware that a free exchange of ideas is the lifeblood of our creativity. How often do I tell others that they can speak freely in my life towards my ideas, goals and dreams. I have seen this week, not nearly enough. What would happen if we all spoke freely without fear of being politically incorrect, un-loving or even worse loosing relationships over honest exchanges. What if we taught our girls that they could speak freely and our young boys to receive them in humility and grace and inspire them to use their voices.
Speaking freely doesn’t mean I will always be correct , but it does mean I have the freedom to put out the words that another can receive to help me in a natural exchange of understanding, relationship and love. I was at Tedx Women this week and I heard some amazing local women speak freely on a variety of subjects and use their voice to inspire, ignite passion and start a movement. They spoke freely and we needed to hear what they had to say! I know its not easy when we have been told for so long others may be uncomfortable with what we have to say. But for today I am bolder and more excited for interactions where I am invited to speak freely.
If you were to “speak freely” today what would you say and to who?