The Importance of Voice

In today’s increasingly high-speed, wired world, it can be rare to quietly savor the sound of someone else’s voice. So much is done through e-mail or texting; so much of what we hear recorded is fast-paced or accompanied with a booming soundtrack. Even in the privacy of our own homes, we may listen to our companions only half-present, because of the distraction of household responsibilities; or, if we live alone, we may substitute the satisfaction of a talk with a friend for the din of another television sitcom.

In the next week, let us remember the power of the human voice. May we be mindful of how we use ours; may we allow ourselves the gift of being truly present to another’s. As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reminded us, “The human voice is the organ of the soul.”

May we remember that using our voices in service of truth, beauty, and goodness lies at the heart of living our best lives; and may we each have the courage to bring our own authentic voice forth.

—Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon

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