Find your voice

February 25, 2016


Don’t let fear keep you quiet.

You have a voice.

So use it.

Speak up.

Raise your hands.

Shout your answers

Make yourself heard.

Whatever it takes,  just find your voice.

And when you do

fill the damn silence.
~Meredith on Grey’s Anatomy

Some of us are still afraid to find our voice. Others don’t trust that we have anything important to say. As Nike used to say, JUST DO IT.  Raise your hand. Make yourself heard.

More fine writing from Shonda Rhimes and her writers.  I think Grey’s has some of her finest writing and some of the best acting. Even when it jumps the shark.

I know this series will end one day and when it does, I’ll miss powerful soliloquys like this, that in the context of the show –and outside it– have meaning for each one of us.

26 comments on “Find your voice
  1. Barbara says:

    I’m up to my neck in speaking and writing my voice at the moment. It is empowering, frightening, sad and uplifting, all at once. It only took me about 40+ years to get the story down. I encourage everyone to take stock and let it out!

  2. This is something I have to do. I tend to keep quiet way to much and need to speak up more often.

  3. I wish I could find my speaking voice. I’m kind of shy and I don’t speak up sometimes when I should.

  4. deanna says:

    I agree it is important to make yourself heard and be a speak up for yourself. I think it is important to teach strength to children too.

  5. Rena says:

    I’m one who didn’t think that I had anything important to add and I’m learning that it is just fear that has been keeping me silent. I’ve always been a wall flower, but no more!

  6. Carol Graham says:

    I appreciate Shonda Rhimes and, of course, Grey’s Meredith. She has changed and I like the transition.

  7. Paola says:

    I love Grey’s anatomy, and they have such wonderful learning phrases. I should actually listen and remember and act on it.

  8. Nicole says:

    I’ve never watched Grey’s but those are wise words. Speaking up and being heard is important, as as listening.

  9. I tend to speak up and am usually pretty comfortable with having my voice heard. I really would like to get into Grey’s Anatomy…I think everyone is, but me! lol

  10. andrea says:

    sometimes it takes a lifetime for one to even start to be able to do that

  11. Candy says:

    I am starting to find my voice.

  12. Shelly says:

    Great motivation! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  13. Bree Hogan says:

    I love this quote by Meredith Grey. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Jessica says:

    *stands up and claps*

    Great words and great advice!

  15. Angie Scheie says:

    That latest episode really hit home and I thought it was a profound insight on how miscarriage/stillborn affects the fathers too but often goes unrecognized in society.

  16. Awesome advice! Thank you!

  17. Sarah says:

    It’s easier to find your voice with friends/family I think, than publicly. I remember when I started my blog I didn’t want to take part in the ‘rant’ day of the challenge, so I skipped it. It was about finding my voice and I hadn’t achieved that.

    I still don’t ‘rant,’ but I have found myself writing posts that detail my frustration with certain food products. I guess it just took me a fair while to find that confidence.

  18. It’s so important to find your voice – and use it! This seems to be more of a challenge for women but it’s so empowering and it makes such a difference.

  19. Good motivation thanks, Carol. Finding our voice does not have to be in the form of public speaking, writing can be just as powerful. We have two ears and one mouth and two hands, that seems like a good balance to ensure our ‘voice’ is well informed before we sprout.

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  20. Amy Bovaird says:

    So many comments! This was an awesome post!
    My friend wrote Ghost No More, and found her voice. She was a victim of child abuse.
    I found my voice in the Lions Club and I think by writing my book, Mobility Matters.
    My writing critique group says whenever I share a piece, “Keep Amy in it,” those are the most powerful pieces. When I don’t trust myself and take on the style or phrasing of others, I lose my voice and also the impact, so members of my writing group say. I guess I’d better stay true to myself. 🙂
    Thank you!

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