“Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”
~ Oprah Winfrey, TV host, actress, producer, media executive, author

Have you ever held back the words that express your true feelings? Have you found yourself not wanting to disappoint someone if you did? Have you ever felt that you might lose someone’s love if you told them something you thought they didn’t want to hear? How did you feel afterward? How many times in life has this occurred?

As I look back on my life I haven’t counted the times; however, I remember important moments when it’s happened to me. At that time in my life I lacked the courage to speak up and express my true feelings because I didn’t want to disappoint someone. In the end it was me that was disappointed. This has been part of my journey. I’m much better now about speaking my truth. My voice and yours counts!

I look back on the times I didn’t vote because I didn’t think it was important. I didn’t feel like my vote mattered. Well, as I’ve become more aware and make conscious choices, through the years, I realize that this isn’t true. What if, everyone felt like I did? In fact, there’s a large percentage of our population who don’t vote for a variety of reasons. Voting is a part of speaking our truth and having our voices heard. The late John Lewis, U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District and civil rights leader reminds us that, “The vote is precious. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it.” So many people gave their lives for our right to vote and speak our truth.

I realize that the challenges we face regarding how we vote safely with COVID-19 are real. It takes a little more time to figure out how to do it safely and it’s doable. My voice and your voice count so please let it be heard through your vote. It’s your right regardless of who you vote for. It’s private unless you share. Be a part of the solution rather than complain if the result isn’t one that you like. The only person you have to please when you vote is yourself. Your voice matters!

Franklin D. Roosevelt, American politician and 32nd President of the United States has said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Early voting has begun in many states already and in Arizona too. Let us stand for what we believe and vote. My voice and yours’ matter. Take this opportunity to be courageous in your choice and speak your truth that’s expressed through your vote. I’m no longer complacent or sporadic about voting. I’ve learned how important it is to use one of my basic human rights. I don’t want to lose it! How about you?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 we will offer a new guided meditation for peace, unity, and healing for the earth and humanity from 6p-7p AZ/PST time. This session will be offered via Zoom and recorded. If you are interested in participating or receiving the recording please register at victoriabarna.com