On my bedside table, interspersed between the three books I’m currently engrossed in, lie three cherished journals: one for gratitude, one for dreams/goals/plans, and one for my daily musings. Journaling is an extension of my deep love for words and their immense power.
Documenting my life, aspirations, and moments of gratitude has always been a cornerstone of my existence. As I’ve delved deeper into public speaking and event organization, I’ve grown to deeply respect the impact of the spoken word. There’s an undeniable transformation that occurs when we voice our thoughts or ink them on paper.
Today, as I was tidying up, I played a riveting conversation between Dave Chapelle and the legendary Maya Angelou. At first glance, they may seem an unlikely pair, but their dialogue was profoundly enlightening, with insights scattered throughout. Chapelle’s humor, even after all these years, remains sharp, poignant, and relevant — he’s unparalleled in the world of comedy, with perhaps the exception of the iconic Redd Fox. And Angelou, with her boundless grace and wisdom, epitomizes the kind of sagacity one would travel miles to glean.
Yet, I find myself diverting. The previous night, I found myself pondering over the profound influence of words. My mind was racing with the logistics for the Sisterhood In Motion conference scheduled for the 28th. This gathering — set to showcase ten inspiring women speakers, a trio of doctor panelists, and segments on style, literacy, beauty, and more — originated from a sentiment I expressed during a journaling workshop in June. I spoke passionately about the necessity of a platform for women to connect, inspire, and uplift each other. The idea resonated deeply with the participants, and from there, the seed for this conference was sown.
It was nothing short of serendipity when, amidst my cleaning, I paused to hear Angelou declare:
“I believe that a word is a tangible entity. Although it might be fleeting in its audibility and visibility, it lingers — in the air, in our surroundings, and ultimately, in our very essence. Words are alive. And I thrive on them.”
Her sentiment echoes deeply within me. Words are transformative. They can catalyze a conference, foster community spirit, and ignite movements that uplift and unite. They truly are living entities.
Imagine the possibilities if you penned down your innermost reflections or voiced them confidently. What potential lies in the thoughts that flutter through your mind or the convictions embedded deep within your soul? Embrace the power of your words, whether written or spoken, and let them resonate and influence. For words, when spoken with intent and positivity, can be the very life force that propels us forward.