Speak Your Voice Challenge | following dreams and standing up for dignity
This project is an open challenge to all people of the world, both the young and the experienced, to speak your voice.
This challenge pertains to two aspects of voice:
The first 'speak your voice' is essentially to follow your dreams.
The second 'speak your voice' is to stand up for human dignity in your communications.
Both take courage, conviction and creativity, but are necessary for connection, unity and peace.
We all have a voice inside that needs to be heard. When we express it and share it, we connect, and it is in this way that we can unify via uniqueness.
It is important to understand that it is not only what we say, but also what we think and do that is a form of communication. So ask yourself, "How do I speak?" "What do I communicate?" The young learn from what they see and hear, so ask yourself, "What do I teach?" We all have experienced knowledge in at least one field or form, so ask yourself "Do I share my knowledge?" And "Do I impart this know-how facilitating a space with personal freedom to expand?"
I am particularly passionate about the global need for people to follow their dreams. And I am convinced that there are people who feel drawn to the whole range of jobs and careers we have in this world. Therefore it makes sense for everyone to do what makes their heart sing, for happy people bring good energy to the world. When people are discontent, feelings such as stress, anger and resentment increase, and these feelings lead to ill-health, prejudice and violence. A contented person feels lighter and is more prone to acts of kindness, to spreading joy and love, and to sharing knowledge and resources.
This is why I put forth this challenge to speak your voice. The more we share our inner voice, the more we build self-confidence, widen our desire and ability to share and heighten our appreciation for all that we are and have been given. And this inner strength aids us in standing up for human dignity in our daily communications, rather than shying away from it or going along with something unjust simply to follow the crowd.
We are all here to play a role unique to our being. There is no one else who can play YOU. You are the only one who can do it, and do it so well. And when we understand we are all connected, we recognize the ever-increasing need to reduce our negative behaviours and enhance the use of our positive qualities and language for a better life for all.
So I challenge myself and you to follow your dreams and stand up for human dignity in your communications. I challenge all to speak your voice.
For help applying this practically to your life, I share with you a passage taken from an address given by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (scientist and former President of India) to students at Cochin College of Science and Technology, Muvattupuzha, 6 May 2015. In this address he notes four important aspects in life:
- having an aim
- acquiring knowledge
- working hard towards your dream even in the times of difficulty
- how to manage failures and success in life
Here's how you can utilize these four aspects in this challenge...
Aim: explore and search for your dream, understand that which makes your heart sing, be inspired to find your voice and how best to express it.
Knowledge: ask what do you need to learn and know to bring this dream you are aiming for into reality? What skills are required? Seek out those who can point you in the right direction, and who can impart the knowledge to you.
Work: in knowing your aim and acquiring knowledge, steps to living your dream will be revealed. It is important to keep moving forward, to remind yourself of your aims, and even in difficult times to find ways to continue your journey and keep your morale high.
Failure & success: life's journey is a mixed bag of failures and successes. How do you manage them? By knowing that every failure sheds light on how to succeed. Every failure is a lesson in disguise that gives clearer direction. And when success comes, it is shared with those who have helped you succeed, because success is never a one-person job. In failure, there is no laying of blame. In success, there is achievement from team effort and therefore the sharing of credit.
If you have taken up the challenge, please share your experiences and help inspire others by sending your message to email@example.com. Messages will be shared on the project message page. You can also share your message via twitter using the hashtag #SYVChallenge.
Thank you to everyone who is taking up the challenge to speak their voice and bring positive change to their lives and the world!