Monday, July 1, 2013

Inner Voices, Self-Trust and "Playing the God in Us"

Happy Monday! Happy July! Let's kick the week off with a little music to get us ready to win! I'll go for a surefire happy song, a classic, Golden by Jill Scott: 

I'm strumming my own freedom,
Playing the God in me,
Representing his glory,
Hope he's proud of me.

Last week was such a heavy week, and while I wanted to keep the blog upbeat and happy, I was absolutely convicted about all of the racially-charged events of the week.  I couldn't even get my tootsie roll on properly to for my LGBTQ peeps and their SCOTUS victory.   

So when I wrote the post about my support for Rachel Jeantel, I NEVER imagined that I would get the amount of love and support that I received.  I am absolutely grateful for every single person who read, posted, tweeted, emailed, and responded to the article. It means so much. I spoke straight from my heart.  I felt like Jill's lyric when I wrote it - I was "playing the God in me." I knew that it was special when I wrote it, and I'm glad that my feelings resonated so much with so many.  It feels good to know that there are lots of folks out there who will stand for our children. 

More than anything, the popularity of my post about Rachel reminded me that my voice is important.   I have the fortune of having a supportive husband, family and friends who push me to share my gifts. When I saw the amount of traffic the blog was receiving, in a moment of fear, I almost deleted the post.  Despite all of the love that the post received, I was so afraid of the naysayers (who never showed up, by the way).  So in spite of my fears, I left the post alone. It was my truth, and I believed in what I wrote.  Once I decided to leave it alone and trust my inner voice, the number of views doubled, then tripled, and so on and so on. 

So I say all of this to say - Trust your inner voice and always speak from your heart.  Your voice is important, too.  Use it! Those who are also fighting the good fight and on the same accord will show up. 

Again, thank you for reading. 

Until next time . . . play the God in you, and I'll do the same.  I'll also be over here chasing a deadline. My dissertation defense is 28 days away! 

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