Do you hear voices?
What a ridiculous question. Of course you do. So do I. We all do.
The better question is, what voices are you hearing?
I am becoming more and more convinced that we embody the voices we hear. This could be a parent telling you how proud they are of you – or how disappointed they are in you. This could be a classmate complimenting your outfit – or sarcastically degrading you in front of everyone. The voices include movies, books, TV shows, bands and music artists, teachers, preachers, news anchors, sportscasters, celebrities – the list goes on.
And now more than ever, we are able to curate for ourselves our own little world of voices. We “subscribe” to podcasts, newsletters, and YouTube channels. We “follow” friends and celebrities on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. If you don’t like something or someone, we block them. We create for ourselves an echo chamber where everything we already want to believe is simply echoed back to us multiple times a day.
We get to choose what voices we want to listen to. Are you choosing to listen to “other” voices with conflicting ideas or new and different perspectives?
I’m going to spend a little bit of time telling you what voices I choose to listen to over the next couple of weeks. Maybe you’ll find some helpful resources. If nothing else, it could help you understand more about me and what voices I am embodying.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,