If I were to summarize a common phrase I read, it would go something like this: “You are unique; the world needs your voice.” Every time I take that in, I nod along in agreement, but then another part of me starts questioning it. “Yes, I believe in the state of uniqueness, but with over 7.9 billion people in the world, not everyone needs my voice.” These feelings compound as I consider the way society takes the complexity of personalities and uniqueness and simplify them according to categorization, you know, putting people in boxes. Some groups are deemed worthy of speaking and being heard; others are silenced and shoved aside. Before I know it, a phrase meant to empower becomes something that overwhelms and quiets my soul. In today’s episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m going to explore what it means to share your unique voice for yourself and those around you.
Let’s approach the phrase—”You are unique; the world needs your voice”—in a few new ways:
- “You are unique; you need your voice.”
- “You are unique; your family needs your voice.”
- “You are unique; your friends need your voice.”
- “You are unique; your community needs your voice.”
- “You are unique; you need to listen to other voices.”
- “You are unique; you need to encourage others to speak up.”