Speaking the Truth
When The Greatest Showman came out about a year or so ago, I was taken by the song “This is Me,” which was performed by Keala Settle. The lyrics spoke so deeply to me, particularly these lines: “I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be, this is me.”
When I began writing, Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom, it was so hard to bravely speak my truth about my journey––to proclaim, “This is me.” Frankly, it scared me to death. The most difficult part for me was to work through whether or not telling my truth would be harmful to the people that I love.
Speaking Our Truth
What I’ve come to know is that being able to stand in our truth, no matter what others may think and feel, is vitally important. It took the support of those who I do love for me to finally have the courage to write with abandon. My sister, Deb, said, “The key is doing so with love and respect.” Which I did.
Speaking my truth has actually brought me closer to my family. I’m confident that they have my back in bringing my message into the world!
My partner, Dana, convinced me that telling my story, speaking my truth, would positively and profoundly impact my family and the world. I’ve seen proof of this over and over in the testimonials shared with me about my book.
Nathan Phillips, Sr. Category Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle, recently shared, “Cindy’s story of ‘Self’ and how she moved through her challenges, helped me to approach my search and now my work, differently. Cindy’s concepts helped me view job offers and approaches through a lens, focused on MY vision of how I would land and what I would not ‘settle’ for. Fun, Excitement, Clarity of Purpose, Organizational Ethics, Opportunity to knit together my Network, my Experience and my Passions, were all considerations as I made my decisions on what to pursue and accept. Cindy helped me recharge my personal Mission.”
He is not alone in helping me to believe the power of my story.
Stories Do Heal
At the Golden Globes earlier this year, Oprah Winfrey said, “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell. And this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.”
Some of our stores are messy. Some of them deeply painful. But what I know is that by speaking our truth, we become more powerful in helping others.
And so I ask you, what’s your truth? Where do you need to let it be heard?
P.S. If you haven’t had a chance to read Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom, yet, here’s an excerpt to get you started: http://bit.ly/jungleexcerpt
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