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Opinions, Entitlement, and the Value of Your Voice

Opinions are like noses, we all have them. But are we entitled and allowed to have them? If I find it hard to find a voice to express them, I may not feel I’m allowed to have an opinion in the first place.

As a woman, it can prove tough not to judge myself for what I have to say as necessary or valid as I’m considering actually saying it. Then I may choose to keep quiet. I have my own internal bouncer at the thought door checking the validity, wittiness, or profundity of my outgoing thoughts and opinions. And often, they’re just not making the cut as I am weighing them against unseen sources that must be way more clever and insightful than me.Opinions, Entitlement, and the Value of Your Voice on Shalavee.com

I’d like to stop doing that. I’ve spoken about how men don’t do that. But I have no experience valuing my voice. In my life, I removed the need for the approval I would get doing for others. Now I find myself dumbly staring at my life thinking, “What do I do this or that for then?”. Oh right. It’s for myself, my happiness, and my approval. Duh.Reprogramming the people pleasing is tough going.Opinions, Entitlement, and the Value of Your Voice on Shalavee.com

Perhaps it’s slightly a matter of faking this until I begin to reap the benefits. Saying and doing what I know is right anyway even if it won’t be met with a round of applause or approval. But maybe because I need to Hear myself saying it. Hear myself having an opinion, saying what I think, and ideally modelling what it is like to not be a doormat for my daughter. Because I want her to be entitled to her opinion and she will do what I do, not what I say. Mindfulness is the only way on and out my friends.

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Take the Time Now

How often do I look at my email, poke a few mail items gone, and then say I’ll come back and clear out the whole thing later. This happens 25 days out of the month and maybe once a month I actually read what’s in there, apply it where necessary, get the sparkly clean email box certificate for cleaning it, and start all over. But by this point, the cleaning out takes me staying up until midnight.

My husband’s wall pocket over the desk has been an eyesore with overflowing undone filing until our taxes were done yesterday. We’d even bought him an expanding file to file the receipts away as he received them. But he chose to lean right instead of left and put them up there instead of down in the file. Literally, the only difference and extra effort would have been to open a drawer and look for the proper tab to drop the paper behind. Take the time now on Shalavee.com

Your destiny is shaped in your moments of decision.”


― Innocent Mwatsikesimbe , The Reason –

I keep putting my daughter off. “Will you play with me” she pleads. But I say “no”, I have to go do important Mommy stuff now little sister. Oh sorry, Big Sister. Except that if I were to lean into that request and indulge her for ten minutes, she’d happily leave me alone for the rest of the day. So the proactivity of paying full attention to her or any other of the many tasks I delay every day, could end up making my life a little easier. Being present can be a present and keep you from dragging your indecision and laziness into a future spot to torture you more. Instead of dreading, head the task off at the pass and you’ll be not only doing more but proud of yourself.

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Know Ledge

It occurred to me that what I know is what I know. It is the sum of what I feel to be truthful. Worrying about what I don’t know takes me to a place of uncertainty and anxiety where I’m assuming what I don’t know can be used against me somehow. Perhaps that fear, the insatiable need to know to give me an upper hand is what feeds the news industry’s flame. I believe what I need to know will find me.Know Ledge from Shalavee.com

But if I assume and trust that what I Know is enough for me and my life, then I end up on that Ledge. This would be the place above the din where I have the perspective from which to sit and survey my life. The place where I can make thoughtful decisions based on my values and the outcome will always be right no matter what. Because I made my informed decisions not on what I think you think I should do, but on what I knew to be the truths that best fit me and my family.

Most likely we all are a little more knowledgeable than we’d give ourselves credit for. I believe that you always have all the knowledge and support you need at any given point, it’s that perspective from your personal ledge you may be missing.

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