Remember your voice and use it

In the aftermath of what many perceive to be a divisive election, it is understandable that there may be feelings of fear, anxiety and shock. I’ve been speaking to my American friends and the fear they experience is real and palpable. But here’s the thing; all is not lost. The sky is not falling (even though it seems that way) and we still have the most powerful of weapons – our voice and our will. Yes, our voice matters, just as our stories do. And our will to fight injustice, our will to love our neighbours, our will to stand against discrimination hatred and the suffering of others can change the world.

Here’s something we need to remember, bullies and bigots have existed since the beginning of time. In every era and every culture, there’s been an individual or individuals who specialise in fear-mongering and pandered to the worst of human instincts. Think Hitler, the KKK and some of the world’s most unsavoury groups and individuals. They reigned, they incited violence and a culture of hate, and yet the world remained. Sure, the world looked different after we used our voice and will and fought against those with a platform and the space to spew hateful rhetoric and agendas, but it stood. And it will stand again as we the people will do our part to ensure that the views of a minority do not have to become the way of life of the majority.

You have a voice, use it. Use it to speak up for the Muslim friend who is bullied and harassed for her hijab or her religious convictions. Use it to speak up for the black family across the street who work hard, take care of their children, has lived in the US for generations and is now having their house graffitied with the words ‘go back to Africa’. Use it in defence of that gay friend or any member of the LGBTQ community who is heckled and harassed just for being in the skin they are in. Use it in defence of all the ‘others’ and the vulnerable.

Remember, the agenda of the minority will only become the will and way of the majority if we let it. Stay strong, stay in love, promote peace and shun exclusivity. And love all. We are all part of Creation. We may look different, hold different beliefs, but we love, we hurt, we care for others, and we all bleed red. Remember that. We all have a right to belong, no matter what the small, yet powerful minority say.

Until,

Carlana

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  1. November 11, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    This is so beautifully written, Carlana! When I heard the news on Wednesday morning, I felt heartbroken and devastated that this man would be our leader. But, then I pulled out my journal and started writing. I realized that as cruel as it seems, maybe this is what we need to wake us all up and make change happen instead of just talking about it. We can’t change things until we’re aware and we’re now all painfully aware of how much work is needed to close the divide and heal the wounds that separate us. I’m hopeful that we can use this as a launchpad for bigger and better things to change our world into everything it needs to be. I will be using my voice…excellent post!!

    • Carlana
      November 11, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      Vicky, thanks for stopping by. Ahh..the trusty old journal works every time. Glad you were encouraged and inspired. Stay well.

  2. November 11, 2016 / 1:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve been struggling with how to move forward from here and feel helpless. This election has definitely taught me that I need to put my voice out there.

    • Carlana
      November 11, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      Yes! Use it.

    • Carlana
      November 11, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      You’re welcome!

  3. Carlana
    November 11, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Yes! Voice and will are no match for those with divisive agendas. Use that voice.

  4. November 12, 2016 / 10:54 am

    You are so right on all points. I believe or I like to believe that what has happened will motivate the population toward change and awareness of what we can do to be involved in our destiny and exercise our rights in Democracy.

  5. November 14, 2016 / 9:02 am

    We can make a choice on our own! That is the beauty of being here in America we have a choice on what to do and how to raise our kids. We have to use our voice!

  6. November 14, 2016 / 9:42 am

    This is a very empowering piece, and I do believe that our “small” everyday actions that inspire unity are actually a giant force that will heal our world. Thank you.

  7. November 14, 2016 / 10:43 am

    We must learn to raise our voices as a collective unit so that we can see the change we desire. It is important that we love and support each other through the challenges in life.

  8. November 14, 2016 / 11:06 am

    This is such an important message for us all. Thank you!

  9. November 14, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I like many had my concerns but I had to channel that energy. I tuned out social media and focused on my dreams.

  10. November 14, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    All I can say is that both parties need to do better in four years. Actually, in two years for mid-term elections, we must do better. I can’t say that the outcome would’ve been better with Clinton. I feel that we will be fine. We have checks and balances for a reason.

  11. November 14, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Yes ma’am. I love this post. We have to use our voice.

  12. November 14, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I get the feeling that I’m in the extreme minority when it comes to the opinions of your readers. I am very conservative with my beliefs, but I also didn’t vote for Trump. I voted for a third-party. (See? I’m in the minority just among conservatives!)

    I definitely do not condone violence. I have friends who have already suffered enough heartbreak without people being racist towards them. But it is also my belief that people are just going to get more heated the longer we point fingers at each other.

    It’s time that we take a moment to listen to each other. I understand the fears that the minority groups have right now. Since I believe two wrongs don’t make a right, I am willing to stand up for what is right. That includes protecting people who I disagree with when it comes to religions, politics, and lifestyle.

  13. November 15, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I’m in a steady cycle between anger and disbelief. My stages are not linear for this one. I pray that the non-black and brown citizens who are as outraged and concerned as we will actually use their voices, and not just sit silently by and become more outraged as the fears we have are realized. I’m not ready to be open minded on this issue. Not yet.

    • Carlana
      November 16, 2016 / 5:41 am

      I understand; you’ll get there.

  14. November 15, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Great article…simply great! We all have to definitely use our voice in different ways. I don’t argue (most of the time lol) but I’ve chosen to use my voice in different ways. For example I’ll stop shopping/supporting a business that supports & encourages hate.

    • Carlana
      November 16, 2016 / 5:38 am

      Exactly! I too also choose not to support certain business and brands.

  15. November 16, 2016 / 5:09 am

    I know its been a week and we are still in shocked as how the election went but yes now more than ever we have to use our voice. We cant keep operating in fear its more actions less complaining.

  16. November 16, 2016 / 8:59 am

    This is so true. As I went to bed during Election Night around midnight because I could feel what the results would be, my initial response was that I was just going to leave the country all together. But no, I have a voice and a passion to impact youth and communities and I’m not going anywhere permanently. Thank you for the reminder.

  17. November 16, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I’m still in shock and we must come together and make a stand

  18. November 17, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    I’ve just tried to remain call and focused on my own situation during this election. I don’t want to overly worry about all the what-ifs and stay optimistically cautious.

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