I’m not kidding and I’m not trying to be cryptic in any way – I have actually lost my voice!
This is a hangover from our recent trip to New York where I had picked up a sore throat, I guess from long, tiring flights, hotel air conditioning and really chilly weather when we were there.
On the way home at the start of this week I failed to sleep on the plane so I never quite made up for a missing nights sleep and yesterday morning I did a presentation on ‘Social Media Strategy‘ at the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, which had me on my feet and talking for nearly four hours – I guess my body has said “enough” and for the first time ever in my life I have no voice today, on my birthday of all days!!
This has been the strangest feeling – my mum called me this morning on the phone and I tried to speak to her – nothing!
I had a few simple errands to run in town today and once again in front of shopkeepers, looking for some specific things – nothing!
I’m sure it will be back tomorrow or soon after if I look after it but it has made me reflect on my 52 years and I have wondered exactly what I have done with this voice of mine?
I have reflected on this last year, number 52 on this earth, and considered how I have used my voice – has it made a difference, has it helped, has it supported, has it been kind, has it been loving and caring, has it motivated, has it given direction, has it highlighted issues, has it been positive or has it been negative, has it been unkind, has it been destructive, has it caused upset?
Being truthful I think this voice has done an okay job this last year but I’m not happy as I feel it needs to start making a much bigger difference.
Your voice is a precious gift – choose to use it properly