Have you ever wondered what our world might be like had there never been anyone to come forward and speak their mind?
Ever since January, Martin Luther King day, I’ve been wondering what this world would be like had he never said he had a dream. Had he never said publicly that the world needed to change. Had he not dreamt of one day seeing equality.
Would we still be segregated? As it is, to this day, you can still feel a tension between black and white.
What would it be like had King not said what he said to get the US moving in a different direction?
It makes me wonder.
And then, what would this country look like if John F. Kennedy didn’t say….”Ask not what this country can do for you, but what you can do for this country.” As it is, I think we don’t ask enough what this country needs of us. There are a lot of people taking advantage of the government systems not thinking of what they should do to repay that generosity. After all, that generosity is coming out of our pockets. Would these people think differently had Kennedy lived? Or would our government be operating today differently if Kennedy lived? Or, could he have been more instrumental in making us look at what we could do for this country instead of crying all the time about what we need help with?
What would this world be like if John Lennon and Yoko Ono never had their ‘LOVE IN.’ What if they decided not to do something like this because people would think they were idiots for thinking and acting that way.
Would we be aware today, that life actually is about love not war??
Recrimination: A situation in which people are accusing or criticizing each other.
Where would we be today if people stopped acting on what they are thinking for fear they’d be criticized. And, in some extreme cases, killed?
Being criticized by someone can be viewed as one of the most hurtful things that can happen to a person. When there’s hurt and pain one tends to shy away from doing what’s bringing it on.
When there’s death, caused by speaking out, of course, it’d seem certain there would be a learned behavior towards keeping silent.
It’s been reported that just ten days before John F. Kennedy was assassinated he announced he was planning to speak to the world about what the government knew to the existence of alien beings and space ships that landed on earth. He believed the world needed to know.
Could this have been a real catalyst behind JFK being killed?? Did someone from some government agency believe he should keep his mouth shut?
But then, he was silenced. The world was never able to know for sure, up until now, that there was and is alien activity here on earth.
Would you speak up in today’s world knowing something this controversial, and something so important to society, might have been why he was killed?
Knowing what’s happened to these people, ask yourself if this keeps you from leading this nation into change. Knowing, if you speak up, you could cause riots, people being hauled off to jail, and even people being killed, all because you have a dream of what this nation should be like.
Cute isn’t he?
Something so cute also has a strong message. And that’s to SPEAK UP!
He’s a reminder to me that it’s okay to express your feelings and opinions without having a fear of recrimination.
Do you have an important message you think needs to be heard?
Are you afraid to speak up for fear of recrimination?
When I was a child coming from a dysfunctional family, I learned quickly that I needed to keep my mouth shut, for fear of what others in my family would do in reaction to what I said. This forced me into keeping my mouth shut not saying a word on most occasions. Living this way brought about a lot of stress to my body. Imagine badly wanting to express yourself yet you’re too afraid of the consequences of doing so.
I went on working for bosses that did the same thing. They didn’t want to hear what I had to say, and when I did say something, there again, were consequences that made me feel as I did when I was a child. Again, I learned to say nothing.
As I grew older, badly wanting to express myself, I quickly found I was not able to. I’d find myself in confrontations not being able to utter a sound. Frustrated and afraid, all I could do was start to cry and run from the situation.
TODAY, however, it’s a different story. My family thinks I’m a bit to harsh with my words. Is there still retaliation when I speak where they’re concerned? Yes. But this time, I can actually say what I want, not cry or stutter, or run out of the room wishing so badly to have said what I needed to at the moment it was warranted.
For me to finally learn to speak up no matter what, I had to respect myself enough to realize what I do say is worth listening to. I needed to gain the confidence in myself that I too, could contribute with my thoughts, and if it seemed a little off to someone else, well then, so be it. These are my thoughts. Criticize away.
The first step I started with was the childhood saying-sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.
I needed to come to an understanding with myself that words cannot hurt you if you don’t take them personally. The words being spoken are not your concern. You can’t do anything to change another person’s thoughts nor should you take them personally. They’re not your thoughts. You don’t have to like them, and yet, you don’t have to let them hurt you either. This step gains you confidence.
The second step is to write everything down before you say it. I’d practice saying it out loud, on my own, getting use to saying the words and how it felt to say them. And then, I’d actually be able to say what I wanted to when the opportunity rose. Was I good at it at first? No. Although, as I did it more and more, I got better at expressing myself. I’m not saying I’m impervious to anything by any means. After all, in my family at least, there are some wicked tongues, mine included at times. Nonetheless, I’ve learned my words count too.
Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. It’s just that, an opinion. People don’t have to like it, nor act on what you’re saying. However, the world needs to hear your voice. After all, where would we be without all the ‘what’s thought to be infamous wisdom’ that’s come across so far?
Speak up America!!
We need your knowledge.
Knowledge is power.
Knowledge is just an opinion, a dream of what something should look like, or an action to make people aware. It’s all in how you look at it.
Your voice needs to be heard.
And when someone speaks it does not need to hurt. The hurt comes from inside you. How you judge what someone says. Don’t take anything personal.
Nothing others do is because of you. Process what makes sense to you, and toss the rest.
Never be afraid to speak up. We need your wisdom today.